The Vetiver plant, vetiveria zizanioides, is a perennial bunchgrass and part of the poaceae (grass) family. Vetiver grass is a vibrant green colour, and it grows straight and vertical up to around one and a half metres tall. The leaves are long and thin, and the flowers are a brown-purple colour. Unlike other grasses, the roots of the vetiver plant grow downward into a thick tangle underground.
Vetiver essential oil is extracted from the roots of the plant using steam distillation, and it contains more than 100 components.
With a sweet, smoky, earthy aroma, vetiver has become a popular ingredient in perfumes. Aromatic use also has a calming and grounding effect on emotions and helps to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.
Topical application helps to rejuvenate the skin improving the appearance of blemishes, whilst internal use supports a healthy immune system. Furthermore, vetiver essential oil helps to repel environmental threats and pests.
Use three to four drops in a diffuser to create a soothing, calming atmosphere.
Vetiver essential oil can be applied neat or diluted with a carrier oil.
Vetiver essential oil is safe for neat application without the need for a carrier oil.
Blends well with
Helps with focus and concentration
The relaxing and calming properties of vetiver essential oil can be helpful for improving focus and concentration. Apply to the back of the neck, along the spine, and under the nose.
Promotes learning and retention
Vetiver also helps to improve learning and information retention. Apply to the back of the neck or under the nose.
Reduces feelings of sadness, anxiety and stress
The aroma of vetiver has a grounding and relaxing effect on the emotions that can lift the mood and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Combine with Melissa and apply to the back of the neck, the forehead, and the pulse points.
Reduces irritability and promotes a restful night’s sleep
Apply Vetiver essential oil to the bottom of the feet or the back of the neck to reduce irritability and promote sleep.
Helps with vitiligo
Applying Vetiver essential oil to affected areas of skin may also help to improve the appearance of vitiligo.
Supports the immune system
Vetiver is known for its ability to support a healthy immune system. Take in a capsule or apply topically to the chest, feet, and spine to give your immune system a boost.
Improves the appearance of stretch marks, scars and discolouration
Vetiver promotes the regeneration of skin and tissue, which helps to improve the appearance of a number of skin concerns including stretch marks, scars, and discolouration.
Restores emotional balance
Use Vetiver essential aromatically and topically to go from feeling ungrounded to feeling rooted.