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Botanical Name:  Vetiveria zizanoides

Botanical Family: Poaceae (Graminea)

Place of origin:  Haiti

Methods of Extraction:  Steam distillation of the roots

Scent:   Deep, smoky and earthly fragrance.

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Vetiver is a heavy, viscous oil with a rich undertone of "precious wood notes" and is very useful to calm and balance the mind and body. It is also good for dry skin conditions and aching joints and muscles.

Vetiver grows in many parts of India, Sri Lanka and other parts of Asia. The rootlets are dried, cut and chopped, then soaked in water prior to distillation. The most important producers being Haiti and Java. 

We have selected this Haitian oil for its excellent quality. Most Javan producers burn off the grass before digging up the roots, and this often gives a smoky note to the oil, whereas the Haitian producers cut the grass and use it for feeding cattle or for grass mats, so the oil has a much cleaner aroma.

Properties:  Aphordisiac, Antiseptic, antibacterial, Emmenagogue, sedative.

Aromatherapy Applications:  For Stress and anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, menopause, acne, stretch marks, hot flashes, stimulates blood flow

Mind & Body:  Vetivier is a grounding essential oil that should be used in times of stress.

Aromatherapist Recommendations:

  • Vetiver is extremely viscous, a large nozzle in the bottle helps to some extent, but it may require gentle warming of the bottle in your hands or warm water to pour a few drops out.
  • Blend 1 drop each of Vetiver, Jasmine and Sandalwood in 10ml of Peach Kernel oil for a luxurious massage oil.
  • To help shrug off aches and pains on cold winter nights blend a teaspoon of Sweet Almond oil, add 1 drop each of Vetiver, Patchouli and Lavender and swish into a very warm bath.
  • Main Theraputic Properties: Calmative, Digestive stimulant, Antispasmodic, Immune tonic, Antirheumatic.
  • Contraindications: Non toxic and non irritant in prescribed doses.
  • Chakra: Base.
  • Chinese Element: Earth.


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