Vetiver Essential Oil

(Vetiveria zizanoides)
(1 customer review)


Vetiver Essential Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides) from Indonesia has a complex, musky, earthy aroma that sparkles with sweet floral hints and woody undertones. In India and Sri Lanka, it’s known as “the oil of tranquility”. It’s a grassy plant, and the oil is derived from the roots.

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Botanical Name Origin Cultivation Method of Extraction Source Note
Vetiveria zizanoides Indonesia Conventional Steam Distillation Roots Base
Blends Well With : benzoin, rose, jasmine, lavender and ylang-ylang

About Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver essential oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), with its exotic and complex aroma, is often over-looked in favor of the more familiar floral or herbal essential oils, but some people will find it to be one of their favorites once they try it. I would describe the fragrance as smooth and deep, like velvet, but edgy too, with a primal, earthy quality reminiscent of the forest floor in autumn. Few people have a “neutral” opinion of vetiver; most love it or hate it, depending, perhaps, on their level of comfort with wild things and their own wild natures.

Our Vetiver Essential Oil from Indonesia is distilled from the rootlets of a tropical grass that is known to stabilize the land on which it grows. In aromatherapy, it has been said that its aroma reminds us of our own roots and helps to ground and comfort us in a deep way.

Vetiver essential oil has been said by some aromatherapists to deepen and intensify the effects of complimentary essential oils with which it is blended. A blend of Vetiver and Rose Otto, for example, is claimed to be deeply comforting and nurturing, while some people find that just a touch of vetiver mixed with sandalwood stills and calms the mind and is an ideal aid for meditation. Vetiver and Jasmine Enfleurage blend together in a way that many find to be both deeply sensual, and earthy. In perfumery, a small amount of vetiver can add an exotic and unexpectedly pleasing note when blended with most floral and woody essential oils – try it!

How to Use Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver essential oil is appropriate for both inhalation and topical use. IFRA recommends a maximum concentration of 1.5% for topical use. This oil can be used on its own and many people do enjoy its exotic aroma in that way but, in my opinion, it’s in blends with other essential oils that it really shines. I use it frequently in blends to be diffused or applied topically when I want a calming, grounding, nurturing effect. When using vetiver for blending, start with a single drop and add more one drop at a time as it has a powerful aromatic effect.

Vetiver Herb and Essential Oil in Traditional Medicines

In the folk medicine of India, herbal preparations of vetiver have been widely used. The essential oil of vetiver is known in India and Sri Lanka as “the oil of tranquility”.

In Chinese Medicine, the energetic nature of vetiver essential oil is said to be Cool and Moist. Its main elemental correspondence is with Earth and its actions have been said to include the following:

  • Tonify the Yin (Blend with Lavender and Rose)
  • Clear heat (empty heat) (Blend with Lavender)
  • Settles the Heart and Calms the Shen (Blend with Lavender and Spikenard)
  • Relieves spasms (blend with Marjoram and Roman Chamomile)

This oil has been said by some practitioners of Chinese Medicine to clear heat from both the mind and body, and simultaneously calm and uplift the spirit. It has been used by aromatherapists to calm and ground an over-active mind and to balance and restore the mind that has been exhausted by stress, over-work, or especially, trauma.

Essential Oil Safety Considerations
Weight 1.5 oz
Dimensions 0.2 × 0.2 × 0.2 in

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1 review for Vetiver Essential Oil

  1. anita (verified owner)

    Vetiver is deep,beautifully pungent, a must have for any aromatherapy tool kit.

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