Vetiver Essential Oil
Although Vetiver Essential Oil can be used for acne, oily skin and other topical applications, I find myself typically using Vetiver for emotional, spiritual and fragrancing applications.
Vetiver Essential Oil contains approximately 50% Sesquiterpenes and around 20% Sesquiterpenols making it very relaxing, grounding and well suited for emotional and spiritual application.
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 Essential Oil is useful for anxiety, addressing anger, fighting burnout/exhaustion and coping with fear or insecurity.
The aroma of Vetiver Essential Oil is strong on its own. A little goes a long way. Many prefer to use it sparingly in blends so as not to overpower the other essential oils in the blend.
Spiritually, I find Vetiver Essential Oil to be especially grounding. As it is also quite calming, it is a good choice for meditation and prayer. For Chakra work, Vetiver Essential Oil is one of the essential oils that I recommend for balancing the Root Chakra.
Within some applications, Vetiver Essential Oil makes a suitable substitute for Spikenard Essential Oil which is steam distilled from Nardostachys jatamansi, a botanical that is highly endangered.
For perfumery/fragrancing applications, Vetiver Essential 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.
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Aromatic Description for Vetiver Essential Oil
Woody, smoky, earthy, herbaceous and spicy.
Vetiver Essential Oil Uses
Stress-induced conditions, nervous tension, stress-related menstrual problems, muscular spasm, muscular pain, menstrual cramp, premenstruel syndrome, restlessness. [Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 629.]
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.]
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.]
Vetiver Essential Oil Safety Information
Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 15% for Vetiver Essential Oil.
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. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. 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 be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil 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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