Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiveria Zizanoides

Known as the “Oil of Tranquility” Vetiver Essential Oil has a very relaxing aroma which can help relieve feelings of depression and nervous tension as well as insomnia.

It has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. It is used in treating symptoms of ADHD and ADD, aging, arthritis, cancer and heart disease; backache, insomnia, migraine, painful menstruation and rheumatism, etc. 



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What is Vetiver Essential Oil?

Lets start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

This is a book that I highly recommend by the way.

About Vetiver Essential Oil

Family:  Poaceae (Gramineae)
Origins:   A native of southern India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka, vetiver is also cultivated in Reunion, the Philippines, the Comoro Islands, Japan, West Africa, and South America. The oil is mainly produced in Java, Haiti, and Reunion. Some is distilled in the USA and Europe.
Other Names:  vetivert, khus khus
Description:  A tall, tufted, scented grass with a straight stem, long narrow leaves and a complex network of roots and rootlets. 
Extraction:  Essential oil by steam distillation
Botanical Part Used: Roots and rootlets

Principal Constituents:  vetiverol, vitivone, terpenes, and others

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Methods of Application

Caution:

  • Possible skin sensitivity
  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition 
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Internal - Can be taken internally in foods or beverages
  • Neat - Can be taken at full strength without dilution

Suggested Uses

ADHD

In a 2001 study done by Dr. Terry Friedman, Vetiver Essential Oil was found to be effective in treating children with ADHD. Forty children, 1/2 of them diagnosed with ADHD, were involved in the testing.

Three oils and a blend were used one at a time for 30 days each. The children inhaled the oils periodically during the day and used a inhalation device at night.

  • Cedarwood increased their performance by 83% 
  • Lavender increased their performance by 53%
  • Vetiver increased their performance by 100%

The relaxing/calming properties of the oils helped the children combat the following difficulties of their ADHD and ADD symptoms:

  • concentration 
  • distraction
  • fidgety behavior
  • focus 
  • following directions
  • impatience
  • organization 

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Anti Aging

As we age we face increasing attacks from damaged cells called “free radicals”. These free radicals cause damage in healthy cells leading to aging, arthritis, cancer and heart disease etc. 

The most powerful weapon we can use against free radicals comes in the form of “antioxidants” which can be found in foods such as red/purple berries, dark green vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains and ….. some essential oils.  

Vetiver Essential Oil possesses strong free radical scavenging properties compared to standard antioxidants such as butylated hydroxytoluene and alpha-tocopherol.

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Anxiety

Vetiver Essential Oil is a well known sedative and is very effective at calming nervous irritations, anger as well as anxiety, epileptic and hysteric attacks.

See "Emotional Balance" category below for more information as well as application methods.

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Blood Pressure

Vetiver Essential Oil can help establish and maintain a healthy blood pressure because of its sedative and relaxing properties.

It is very effective at calming nervous irritations, anger as well as anxiety, epileptic and hysteric attacks.

Vetiver Essential Oil has a very relaxing aroma which can help relieve feelings of depression and nervous tension as well as insomnia.

  • Add some grounding to your body by massaging a couple drops over your heart center.
  • Take a nice relaxing bath with 10 - 15 drops with some Epsom Salts added to the water.
  • Diffuse Vetiver to relax yourself
  • Rub a couple drops on your palms and inhale or apply it to your shirt collar
  • Put a couple drops on your pillow case when you go to bed

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Circulation

Vetiver Essential Oil has a warming action on the skin which stimulates the production of red corpuscles resulting in increased circulation.

Add an equal amount of a carrier oil like Jojoba oil to create a massage blend for areas of concern. This has also been known to help with arthritis.

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Digestive System

Mix some Vetiver Essential Oil with a carrier oil at a 50:50 ratio and:

  • apply it to the affected area to calm spasms (digestive, muscle, respiratory etc.)
  • consume in a gelatin capsule once a day to cleanse and detoxify your digestive system
  • consume in a gelatin capsule once a day to eliminate intestinal worms

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Emotional Balance

Vetiver Essential Oil has a very relaxing aroma which can help relieve feelings of depression and nervous tension as well as insomnia.

  • Add some grounding to your body by massaging a couple drops over your heart center.
  • Take a nice relaxing bath with 10 - 15 drops with some Epsom salts added to the water.
  • Diffuse Vetiver to relax yourself
  • Rub a couple drops on your palms and inhale or apply it to your shirt collar
  • Put a couple drops on your pillow case when you go to bed

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Insect Repellent

Evaluation of vetiver oil and seven insect-active essential oils against the Formosan subterranean termite. Vetiver oil proved the most effective repellent ...   PubMed

Vetiver Essential Oil is the best oil for repelling termites. The other oils tested were Cassia Leaf, Clove Bud, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus Globules, Eucalyptus citrodora, Lemongrass and Geranium.

According to the study, "The tunneling response of termites to Vetiver Oil also was examined. Vetiver Oil decreased termite tunneling activity at concentrations as low as 5 micrograms/g sand".

The oil is also effective at repelling and/or killing lice and mosquito larvae.

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Insomnia

Diffusing 20 drops of Vetiver Essential Oil is known to help with the problem of insomnia.

It has a very relaxing aroma that also relieves depression and nervous tension.

Before bed time take a relaxing aromatic bath with 10 - 15 drops in a cup of Epsom salts and follow up with a foot massage of Vetiver and carrier oil at a 50:50 ratio 

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Pain Management

Massage Vetiver Essential Oil in a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil on the affected area to ease the pain of arthritis, rheumatism, sprains, and stiffness


Scarring

Vetiver Essential Oil has cicatrisant properties and is known for it's ability to stimulate the growth of new tissue as well as remove scarring.

Women have used it successfully to reduce the appearance of stretch marks after pregnancy.

See "Skin Treatment" below for application instructions.

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Skin Treatment

Vetiver Essential Oil is an antiseptic, which can be applied to your skin to kill bacteria and reduce infection such as staph when healing cuts and wounds. It is often used before and after surgery.

1 or 2 drops can be applied topically to cuts, acne, and wounds or mixed with lotion to add moisture to your skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks or wrinkles.

Cleanse your skin with a drop of oil and 3 drops of water applied to your face after washing.

Vetiver can also be used to regenerate skin and tissue to remove:

  • pox
  • stretch marks

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Stress Management

Vetiver Essential Oil can be used for stress management.

  • Take a nice relaxing bath with 10 - 15 drops in some Epsom salts added to the water.
  • Diffuse Vetiver to relax 
  • Rub a couple drops on your palms and inhale or apply it to your shirt collar
  • Put a couple drops on your pillow case when you go to bed

Other Oils for Stress

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Women's Issues

Vetiver Essential Oil has been used for painful menstruation, effective removal of stretch marks after child birth and in face wash, body soap or lotion for your skin.

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