22 November 2008

It is a thick amber liquid with a scent that, also like Patchouli, improves with age.

Botanical Name
Vetiveria zizanoides


Golden amber/Dark Brown


Perfumery Note

Woody, earthy, herbaceous, spicy almost smoky

Strength of Initial Aroma

Extraction Method
Essential oil is distilled from the roots of a tall densely tufted perennial grass.
Vetiver essential oil is extracted by steam distillation or solvent extraction.

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Benzoic acid, vetiverol, furfurol, a-vetivone, B-vetivone, vetivene, vetivenyl vetivenate

Therapeutic Properties
Antiseptic, aphrodisiac, cicatrisant, nervine, sedative, tonic, sedative and vulnerary

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Vetiver essential oil has been traditionally used as a tonic for the immune system, calming over-excitation, and for warming and reducing inflammation in joints
  • Vetiver oil calms and soothes the mind and helps with hysteria and irritability. Stress and tension can be reduced
  • It is also used for aches and pains like for rheumatism, arthritis and muscular pain
  • Vetiver is an ancient remedy within Ayurveda - the root and its essential oil are used to alleviate thirst, heatstroke, fevers and headache
  • Vetiver essential oil is used for emotional grounding and stabilizing the emotions. It is considered relaxing to an overheated, hyperactive mind an nurturing to an insecure self-identity
  • Vetiver essential oil is said to provide stimulation to the endocrine glands (in cases of estrogen and progesterone insufficiency associated with premenstrual syndrome as well as menopause) and circulatory system, and may generally support a weakened immune system
  • Vetiver Oil has been noted to have an effect on lowering rapid heart rate and breathing, helping return the cardiorespiratory system to a calmer state
  • It is considered a safe oil and is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. No special precautions when using this oil
  • Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction, dilute properly
  • If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician
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