Vetiver Essential Oil

Deep, earthy, relaxing... the oil of tranquility

Vetiver essential oil has a deep, earthy scent that's especially relaxing, grounding and calming.

Like patchouli, this is usually an oil you either love or hate.

But, love it or hate it, vetiver is extremely good for relaxing muscle tension, relieving stress (try it for stress-related headaches) and insomnia.

Emotionally speaking, vetiver oil is good for depression, balancing mood swings (such as with PMS and menopause) and for a sense of grounding and calming when life feels out of control. It also helps soothe feelings of anger, irritability and hysteria (did I mention PMS!)

In skincare, vetiver is especially nourishing for dry, irritated and problem skin such as eczema and psoriasis. It's also good for wrinkles, stretch marks and scars, as well as toning slack skin. Excellent in anti-aging night time formulas.

Vetiver essential oil is often used as a fixative in aromatherapy recipes and cosmetics. Use sparingly - a little goes a long way!

Vetiver is painstaking and labor-intensive to make, which drives the price up. It's often diluted with less expensive (and therefore less effective) oils, or even synthetic fragrance oils to reduce costs.

Make sure you buy your Vetiver from a reputable supplier, and be prepared to pay a higher price to get the real deal. (I can tell you from personal experience - the difference is MAJOR!)

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Botanical Name and Characteristics

Vetiveria zizaniodes

Vetiver is a tall, wiry perennial grass that grows up to 8 feet (2.4m) high. The essential oil is steam distilled from its complex, fibrous lacework of roots.

Deep, warm, earthy, woody, musty, spicy scent that lingers. (It smells like a campfire to me.)

Therapeutic Action

Lifts mood; anti-depressant

Calms and relaxes nerves; good for anxiety, flashbacks and hysteria

Relieves stress and tension

Grounds the emotions

Promotes sleep; good for insomnia

Relaxes tight, stiff muscles

Eases pain; good for headaches, muscle pain

Helps ease PMS and menopause

Alleviates all types of skin problems: acne, mature, dry and irritated skin, eczema, etc.

Improves digestion

Repels insects

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Its strong base note blends well with benzoin, cedar, chamomile, frankincense, ginger, jasmine, lavender, lemongrass, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vanilla and ylang ylang.


Use caution during pregnancy, and dilute to 50% or less for children.

How to Use Vetiver Essential Oil

Here's some simple ideas for using vetiver essential oil. This is one of the weekly Aromatherapy Tips I posted recently - click here to get tips for using essential oils sent right to your inbox every week.

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9 Ways to Use Vetiver Essential Oil... And Why You Should!

When I first smelled Vetiver essential oil, I really didn't like it. It has a strong earthy, smoky scent that reminds me of campfires.

But I was feeling so low and my insomnia was so bad I decided to give it a try. Wow! I'm so glad I did!

Turns out Vetiver smells awesome on my skin, and it's super relaxing and calming. Not to mention excellent for reducing signs of aging!

Here's my top three reasons you should try Vetiver (plus 9 recipes so you know how!)

Note: You only need a tiny bit in a recipe - a little goes a long way! Use caution during pregnancy, and dilute to 50% or less for children.

Stress, anxiety and ADD/ADHD

Vetiver helps bring all your scattered parts together and "ground" your energy. It calms the nervous system and helps with emotional trauma or shock. Vetiver brings thoughts and actions into focus and helps stabilize mental and physical energy.

Chronic Stress Blend
Mix Vetiver with Myrrh 1:1 and apply behind your knees right after you shower in the morning. Vetiver and Myrrh are both fairly thick and will process gradually throughout the day. Reapply after 3 or 4 hours if needed.

Anxiety Attack Blend
Blend 3 drops Vetiver, 2 drops each Orange & Ylang Ylang with 1 drop Patchouli essential oil in 1oz carrier oil such as grapeseed oil. Massage into the back of your neck and the bones behind your ears when your anxiety starts to rise.

Obsessive Overthinking Blend
Blend 4 drops Sandalwood and 2 drops Vetiver in 1oz carrier oil. Massage into the back of your neck and the bones behind your ears.

Depression and Insomnia Blend

Vetiver is good for depression, since it's a natural tranquilizer and mood regulator. It restores balance and harmony and draws you into a relaxed state. Vetiver is especially good for menopause and post-partum depression since it seems to act in the body like estrogen, which is often low at these times of life.

Insomnia Blend
Blend 6 drops Sandalwood, 2 drops each Orange & Ylang Ylang, 1 drop each Vetiver & Lavender in 1oz carrier oil. Massage into feet at bedtime.

Depression Blend
Blend 2 drops each Geranium & Vetiver with 1 drop Rose essential oil in 1oz carrier oil. Massage into the back of your neck and the bones behind your ears several times a day.

Happy Sleep Bath Blend: Stir 2 drops each Lavender & Bergamot, 1 drop each Geranium, Ylang Ylang & Vetiver into 1/2 - 1 cup Epsom salt and dissolve in hot bath water. Adjust temperature, then soak for 20 minutes or more. (Use Dead Sea salt if you have high blood pressure.)

Pain, Circulation and Immunity

Vetiver boosts immunity by increasing the production of white blood cells, which fight infection by patroling your body, gobbling up foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria.

Vetiver also stimulates the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen through your body - this also improves immunity and circulation.

It's good for pain relief for arthritis, rheumatism, sprains and strains.

Injury Blend
Blend 4 drops Vetiver, 3 drops Lavender and 2 drops Bergamot in 1oz carrier oil. Massage into affected area.

TMJ Blend
Blend 4 drops Helichrysum, 3 drops White Fir and 2 drops Vetiver in 1oz carrier oil. Massage into jaw muscles morning and night.

Arthritis Blend
Blend 4 drops Frankincense, 3 drops Marjoram and 2 drops each Rosemary & Vetiver in 1oz carrier oil. Massage into affected area.

What Next?

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Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage from Vetiver Essential Oil

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