Botanical Name: Vetiveria zizanoides
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Roots
Note Classification: Base
Aroma: Sweet, heavy, earthy, woody
Largest Producing Countries: Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Haiti
Traditional Use: Vetiver root has been utilized for its fragrance for many years. It has been used to scent fabric, and woven into baskets, mats, and window coverings.
Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, cell proliferant, depurative, emmenagogue, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary
Benefits: Acne, allergies, anxiety, arthritis, bruises, cuts, depression, insect bites and stings, insomnia, itching, menstrual problems, muscular aches and pains, nervous tension, rheumatism, scars, skin problems, sprains, stiffness, stress, tension, wounds. For skin conditions and bug irritations, vetiver may be added to most blends. The oil is very thick and viscous, but will thin out when added to other oils or alcohol.
Blends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, litsea cubeba, mandarin, oakmoss, opopanax, orange, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang
Of Interest: Vetiver is also used for erosion control. The roots of most grasses grow horizontally, but the vetiver root grows downward making it a good stabilizing plant for wet areas.
Safety Data: Generally considered safe.