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Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver

Vetiver

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.

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 so intoxicating when properly diluted or blended, so the key is to use it judiciously.

Vetiver Essential Oil
Vetiver Oil
    

Botanical Name: Vetiveria zizanoides

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

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.]

Constituents: Benzoic acid, vetiverol, furfurol, a-vetivone, B-vetivone, vetivene, vetivenyl vetivenate. [E. Guenther, The Essential Oils Vol. 4 (New York: Van Nostrand Company INC, 1990), 178-181, cited in Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 1997), 205.]

Safety Information: Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand does not indicate any special precautions when using this oil. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 211.]

Important Note: The essential oil information provided within the Essential Oil Properties & Profiles area is intended for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. Profiles for several absolutes are included within the directory, and are denoted as such.

General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally and 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, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before. Instructions on conducting a skin patch test and more safety information can be found by visiting the Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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