Vetiver (Vetiveria Zizanoides)
When life seems too much, Vetiver is the calming, grounding oil that you need in your natural medicine cabinet. As well as relaxing the mind and balancing mood swings, Vetiver essential oil nourishes dry irritated skin, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. If you’re looking to feed your mind, body and skin, choose Vetiver.
What does Vetiver essential oil smell like?
Vetiver essential oil has a calming woody, earthy fragrance, with a slight hint of a smoky base note. It has a similar fragrance to patchouli, crossed with a lemon top note and a spicy scent that lingers. It’s described as a “masculine” scent, but we think fragrances are for everyone.
Where does vetiver essential oil originate from?
The perennial bunchgrass, Vetiver, grows in large clumps up to 1.5m in height and diameter. Vetiver is native to India and the fibrous nature of the grass makes it a perfect material for crafts and making rope. Vetiver essential oil is extracted by steam dissolution from the complex roots, which extend up to 4m below ground. This process is expensive and labor intensive, but the oil yielded is a fantastic quality. Cheaper Vetiver oils are often diluted with less expensive or synthetic oils.
What are the properties of vetiver essential oil?
Vetiver is a great oil for calming the mind, relaxing the soul and renewing the skin. Users of Vetiver prize the essence for its tranquilizing and mood stabilizing properties. Vetiver has the following properties:
- Cicatrisant - smooths out and eventually erases uneven skin tone and scarring
- Tonic - provides a feeling of vigour and wellbeing
- Reduces dryness and cracking skin
Vetiver essential oil can aid the treatment for the following ailments:
- Nervous disorders
How to use vetiver essential oil
Add 5-10 drops of Vetiver to your bath to encourage relaxation and help beat insomnia. Aside from the calming fragrance, Vetiver oil will nourish dry skin and also stop you from overheating in the bath, due to it’s cooling properties.
Add 1-2 drops of Vetiver essential oil to your sleeves or a ribbon tied around your wrist. The fragrance will really benefit your mind throughout the day, keeping you calm and collected in even the most stressful of situations.
Vetiver essential oil is a cicatrisant; rejuvenating the skin, erasing dark spots, acne scars and helping to improve the appearance of stretch marks. Add a few drops of Vetiver essence to your body wash, soap or lotion, and over time you should notice an improvement in your skin tone and complexion.
Vetiver essential oil recipes
Vetiver Anti-Anxiety Blend
When you’re having one of those days where everything is overwhelming and the walls feel like they’re closing in around you, this is the blend to reach for. The comforting and calming fragrance of this blend will really help to keep anxiety at bay. Mix the following oils together and massage into the base of the neck, behind your ears and the backs of your knees, whenever your anxiety begins to rise.
- 3 drops Vetiver
- 2 drops Orange
- 2 drops Ylang Ylang
- 1 drop Patchouli
- 1oz carrier oil. For this blend, we would recommend grapeseed oil.
If you really want to supercharge the benefits of this blend, focus on a mantra whilst you massage yourself, such as the one below.
“Within me is a peacefulness that cannot be disturbed.”
Sleepy Happy Bath Blend
When it’s time to wind down at the end of the day, and you’re looking for a way to de-stress before bed, let our sleepy happy bath blend take you by the hand and guide you to relaxation and contentment. Simply add the ingredients below to you bath, and allow to steep for 20 minutes before slipping into the soft, rejuvenating water.
- 2 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Bergamot
- 1 drop Geranium
- 1 drop Ylang-Ylang
- 1 drop Vetiver
- ½ - 1 cup of epsom or dead sea salt
Oils to compliment Vetiver essential oil
- Clary sage
Anything to note
Impressively, Vetiver essential oil is completely safe as it is non-toxic, non-sensitizing and a non-irritant. That being said, it’s always best to consult your doctor, particularly if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Keep away from sensitive areas and out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes and inner ears. Do not ingest and do not apply to your skin without first diluting Vetiver in a carrier oil.