This root oil has a depth of character and complexity. It was used for thousands of years in India, Indonesia, and Haiti as a perfume and has a smoky, earthy, woody aroma. Vetiver is known to boost your immune system as you wear it! Just as you can use essential oils for cleaning rather than using toxic chemicals, you can use Vetiver (or Sandalwood, Spikenard and Patchouli) as a perfume instead of chemically-derived perfumes. Be sure you do not have a sensitive reaction to it. If you tend to have sensitive skin, just dilute it in some Jojoba oil and make an oil-based perfume, or add it to a cream. Vetiver is cooling to the mind and is a great oil of choice for those suffering withdrawal from drugs, alchohol, nicotine etc. Vetiver helps quill jitters and provides peace of mind and body.
Aromas: Earthy, Sweet, & Woodsy
- Therapeutic Properties: Anti-inflammatory, Antifungal, CNS Sedative, Cooling, Immunostimulant, Skin Healing
Emotional and Energetic Qualities: Grounds and protects, sedates and restores, connects one with oneself
According to Katharine Koeppen, on the Indian subcontinent they weave the grass into mats, hanging them in widows and doors to repell insects while cooling the home. They add the oils to baths and apply to the skin for a cooling effect and use in chilled deserts and drinks as a flavorant. In Ayurveda, the root is ground into a paste that is rubbed on the body to reduce fever. Katharine also states that if you are having a bad day, this is the oil to rub on the palms and soles of your feet. Vetiver is a good choice for trauma victims who are anxiety ridden and hypersenitive and provides grounding and serves the needs of seeking a rebirth and connection to their authentic self.
Oil of Tranquility: If you love the aroma of Vetiver, put 3 or 4 drops of it in your hot full bathtub and soak away the blues. At the same time it will support your immune system! Sometimes I add 1 drop of Grapefruit to a teaspoon of Jojoba and add that into my Vetiver bath. Heaven.
Safety & Shelf-Life: Non-toxic, non-irritating. Tisserand suggests maximum topical use of 15% due to the isoeugenol content. The suggested shelf life is 6-8 years.