Vetiver essential oil (Vetiveria zizanioides) is not a widely-known oil, even though its use dates back centuries. It’s said to affect the nervous system, endocrine (hormone) system, skin and emotions. It’s especially found to be very grounding and balancing emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, and I find it to be a great supportive oil when used in conjunction with others, amplifying its own and the other oil’s properties.
Vetiver is extracted through the steam distillation of the plant’s roots, said to be a painstaking process. The aroma isn’t as instantly pleasing as other oils to some people; it’s more subtle and one you come to love, rather than love at first whiff. It’s earthy and slightly citrusy, but reminds me of something exotic and warming and almost nutty. (Actually it started off reminding me of cockroaches – I don’t know why, but thankfully that connotation went away. Don’t worry. NO ONE else has ever had that unpleasant experience. You’re safe to try this one.)
Supports healthy circulation
Calming, grounding effect on emotions
Vetiver is a deeply grounding oil, often used to promote restful sleep, but equally helpful when you feel restless in life. It can help bring you back down to earth to find a comfortable footing in your own role and path. It can help you relax and sleep deeper. It can sometimes give you the craziest dreams ever. It’s an interesting little fella.
As a result of these properties, Vetiver essential oil may help a person who lacks motivation, struggles with apathy or a feeling of “why bother”, or who feels disconnected by first allowing them to find that sense of deep and meaningful connection in their body and with the earth, a strong foundation to build the rest of life upon. It might also help someone settle in, dig deep, or become conscious of the unconscious. And it’s kind of a heavy hitter in this arena, so if you want to keep your unconscious comfortably unconscious, you might wanna avoid this one.
Popular Uses of Vetiver Essential Oil
Add 1–2 drops to tea or hot drinks during winter time to promote immunity.
Use as a massage oil to promote circulation and calm emotions.
Take a warm bath with a few drops of Vetiver essential oil for deep relaxation.
Diffuse with Lavender and Wild Orange to calm emotions and lessen stress.
Use a toothpick to help get the desired amount out of container if Vetiver is too thick to get out of the bottle. A little goes a long way.
The earthy, slightly lemony fragrance is said to have been used for centuries in India. Dab on your wrists or neck. Try blending it with a floral aroma like Ylang Ylang or Clary Sage, or even a citrus like Bergamot.
Its cleansing properties help gently cleanse the face. Test for sensitivity and mix one drop in 3 drops of coconut oil and apply to a freshly washed face.
Precautions of Vetiver Essential Oil
Use with caution during pregnancy, particularly in the first trimester. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to