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Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver Essential Oil Profile

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 destress. 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.

Spirtually, 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.

Vetiver Vetiver Essential Oil

For perfumery/fragrancing applications, Vetiver Oil is a base note and acts as a fixitive. 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.

Botanical Name

Vetiveria zizanoides

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Root

Color

Golden/Dark Brown

Consistency

Thick.
See Guide to Working with Thick Essential Oils

Perfumery Note

Base

Strength of Initial Aroma

Bold

Aromatic Description

Woody, smokey, earthy, herbaceous and spicy.

Possible Uses

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.]

Major Constituents

Khusimol
Vetiselinenol
Cyclocopancamphan-12-ol
a-Cadinol
a-Vetivone
B-Vetivenene
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.

[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.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 15%.

Shelf Life

View Shelf Life Information

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General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internallyand do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, haveliver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oilsonly under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Useextreme caution when using oils with children and give children onlythe gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualifiedaromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safetyissues, read Essential Oil Safety by RobertTisserand and Rodney Young.

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