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Vetiver Essential Oil
Although Vetiver Oil can be used for acne, oily skin and other topical applications, I find myself typically using Vetiver for emotional, spiritual and fragrancing applications.
Emotionally, Vetiver Essential Oil is remarkably soothing and calming. It is a good choice for use if you need to unwind or de-stress As AromaWeb's Essential Oils for Emotional Well-Being article mentions, Vetiver Oil is useful for anxiety, addressing anger, fighting burnout/exhaustion and coping with fear or insecurity.
However, the aroma of Vetiver Oil is quite strong on its own and it should be well diluted/blended with other oils before use.
Spiritually, I find Vetiver to be especially grounding. As it is also quite calming, it is a good choice for meditation and prayer. For Chakra work, Vetiver Oil is one of the oils that I recommend for balancing the Root Chakra.
For perfumery/fragrancing applications, Vetiver Oil is a base note and acts as a fixative. As mentioned above, it's quite strong on its own, but is so lovely when properly diluted or blended. The key is to use it judiciously.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Strength of Initial Aroma
Woody, smoky, earthy, herbaceous and spicy.
Acne, arthritis, cuts, depression, exhaustion, insomnia, muscular aches, oily skin, rheumatism, sores, stress. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]
[P. Champagnat, G. Figueredo, J.C. Chalchat. A Study on the Composition of Commercial Vetiveria zizanoides Oils from Different Geographical Origins. (Journal of Essential Oil Research 18, 2006), 416-422. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 466.]
Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 15%.
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