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The health benefits of Vetiver Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an Anti-inflammatory, antiSeptic, Aphrodisiac, Cicatrisant, Nervine, Sedative, Tonic and Vulnerary substance.

Vetiver is famous all over the Indian Subcontinent. People may not understand it since many of them are unfamiliar with this name. Instead, it is popularly known 'Khus' or 'Khus-Khus' and it is extensively used in perfumes, food and beverage industries.

The botanical name of vetiver is Vetiveria Zizanoides or Andropogon MUricatus. This grass has a very pleasant, mild, earthy, and musky smell which has a cooling effect on the body and the mind. The dried grass and its roots are used to thatch the side panels of the water based room and window coolers since it cools and adds fragrance to the moist air.

It is also used to thatch roofs of earthen houses and mattresses. It is also used as curtains on the doors and windows, which, apart from cooling and scenting the rooms, keeps Insects away. That is why its demand rises excessively during the summer, particularly in humid regions like India and neighboring countries.

The essential oil of vetiver is obtained through steam distillation of its roots and its main components are alpha vetivone, benzoic Acid, beta vetivone, furfurol, vetiverol, vetivene and vetivenyl vetivenate. Its essential oil is also used extensively in the perfume industries, including perfumes for the body, room fresheners, and coolers, as well as cosmetics, soaps, oils and as a flavoring agent in beverages, sorbets, and foodstuffs.

Health Benefits of Vetiver Essential Oil
This essential oil is very popular in Aromatherapy and has many medicinal properties, which are described in greater detail below.

Anti-inflammatory Properties: The very soothing and cooling effects of this essential oil calms and pacifies all sorts of Inflammation. It is particularly good at providing relief from Inflammation in both the circulatory and Nervous system. It is also found to be an appropriate treatment for Inflammation caused by sunStroke, dehydration, and loo, which is the name given to very hot and dry winds prevalent during summer in the dry South Asian regions.

Cicatrisant Properties: Cicatrisant agents are substances that speed up the eradication or disappearance of Scars and other marks on the Skin. It also promotes the growth of new tissues in the affected places which replace the dead and discolored tissues and helps achieve a uniform look. This is also useful for post-deLivery Stretch marks for Pregnant women, fat cracks, after spots left by Pox, and Burns.

AntiSeptic Properties: In tropical countries like India and its neighbors, microbes and Bacteria grow very fast due to the favorable hot and humid climates found in these regions. It becomes obvious that your Wounds are most likely to get sepsis in these places since there are plenty of Bacteria located in. However, Mother Nature is very kind and has provided the remedies as well.
One such remedy is vetiver and the essential oil extracted from it. This oil efficiently stops the growth of Staphylococcus Aureus, the Bacteria responsible for causing sepsis and eliminates them. It is totally safe for this oil to be applied externally on the Wounds or taken orally in order to protect Wounds as well as internal organs from sepsis.

Aphrodisiac: Mixed in sorbets and beverages as a flavoring agent, this oil has an Aphrodisiac effect. It also enhances the libido and arouses feelings of sexual desire. Since sex has more to do with the psychology of the brain than the physiology, a remedy for most sexual disorders like frigidity, lack of libido, and Impotence. Certain components of this oil stimulate those portions of the brain and your problems in the bedroom are over.

Tonic:The effect of a Tonic on the body is quite similar to that of overhauling and servicing on vehicles. A Tonic tones up every system of the body, namely the Digestive, Respiratory, circulatory, excretory, Immune, endocrine, and Nervous systems. Therefore, in a nutshell, vetiver essential oil keeps the metabolic system in order, Rejuvenates the body, gives strength and boosts Immune function.

Nervine: A Tonic for the Nerves is called a Nervine, like the essential oil of vetiver. It takes care of the Nerves and maintains their good health. It also heals the damage done to the Nerves by shock, fear, and Stress. Furthermore, it helps get rid of Nervous disorders, afflictions, Epileptic and Hysteric attacks, Nervous and neurotic disorders such as Parkinsons Disease, and lack of control over limbs and Spasms.

Sedative: The essential oil of vetiver is a well-known Sedative. It sedates Nervous irritations, afflictions, Convulsions and emotional outbursts such as anger, Anxiety, Epileptic and Hysteric attacks, restlessness, and Nervousness. It even benefits patients that suffer from Insomnia.

Vulnerary: This property of vetiver essential oil helps heal Wounds by promoting the growth of new tissues in Wounded places and also by keeping it safe from Infections by inhibiting the growth of microbes. Finally, it also promotes the accumulation of leucocytes and platelets at that location.

Other Benefits
Vetiver essential oil also benefits patients with Rheumatism, Arthritis, Gout, Muscular aches, and also helps to reduce the dryness and cracking of the Skin.

Few Words of Caution
This essential oil is completely safe, being a non-irritant, non-sensitizing and non-toxic substance.

The essential oils of benzoin, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, and ylang-ylang blend well with the essential oil of vetiver.



Vetiver Aromatherapy Benefits

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: Vetiver stimulates Circulation and eases Muscle Pain, Sprains, and Liver Congestion. The essential oil is cooling for hot conditions. In Skin care, the oil is good for Acne, Wounds, and Dry Skin. Emotionally, the scent is uplifting, relaxing, and comforting, helping release deep fear and tension. The oil also grounds and centers.

The Heart of Aromatherapy: You can use vetiver for daily Skin care, Rejuvenating damaged Skin, and soothing Skin irritation. Use the oil in natural perfumes as an earthy base note, for Meditation and contemplation, and to feel relaxed and uplifted.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Use vetiver to help relieve Stress-induced conditions, Nervous tension, PMS, Menstrual Cramps, Stress-related Menstrual problems, Muscle spasm and Pain, restlessness, workaholism, physical exhaustion, irritability, and Depression.

375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols: Vetiver is good for Circulation, can help relieve Depression, and may help support the Immune system.

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Use vetiver in Skin care for Acne, cuts, oily Skin, and Wounds. You can also use the essential oil for Arthritis, Muscle aches and Pains, Rheumatism, Sprains, stiffness, Depression, Insomnia, and Nervous tension.

Aromatherapy For Healing the Spirit: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the energy of vetiver is cool and moist. The oil clears heat, nourishes, calms, and uplifts. "Relaxing an overheated, hyperactive mind and nurturing an insecure self-identity, the oil imbues us with the calm, reassuring strength of Mother Earth, and her deep sense of belonging."

Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume I: Psychologically, vetiver stimulates the mind and promotes realism. The oil also promotes cognitive flexibility and emotional security. Physically, the essential oil restores, calms, and cools hypoTonic/weak, hyperTonic/tense, and overactive/hot conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the essential function of this oil is to nourish the Blood, Yin, and Essence, clear heat, and calm the Shen.

Subtle Aromatherapy: Vetiver brings the energy of all the major Chakras into harmony, balance, and alignment with each other. The grounding and earthing properties of the oil relate specifically to the root (first) Chakra. The oil is also useful for the solar plexus (third) Chakra to protect against oversensitivity.

The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing: In small amounts, vetiver helps you stay grounded during spiritual practices and is perfect for earth-centered spiritual pursuits, earth-based rituals, and shamanic journeywork. Mentally, the essential oil is grounding and helps you stay focused on your personal goals. The oil is calming and helps relieve Stress and tension.

Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Vetiver grounds, strengthens, stabilizes, protects, and calms. The oil is especially useful the the root (first) Chakra to promote a sense of belonging.

Astrological Aromatherapy: Vetiver reflects the earthy nature of Capricorn. The oil has tranquil properties that may help the conscientious Capricorn who worries too much.

Vetiver to clear heat:

When used on the right acupoints, this essential oil can clear heat from the upper body (including hot flashes and Night sweats) and stabilize symptoms such as Anxiety with ungroundedness, inability to focus, or Insomnia with a racing mind. Foot and ankle points work best. Suggested combinations include Kidney 1, 5, or 6, Bladder 60, and GallBladder 41.

Source: Peter Holmes LAc, MH and Tiffany Pollard LAc, LMP. "Aroma Acupoint Therapy." NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Summer 2013.2, pp. 5357.
Vetiver Essential Oil Uses and Blends

Massage oil for Painful Muscle and joint conditions: Blend 10 drops vetiver in one ounce (2 tablespoons) of carrier oil. Source: Lisa Mertz, LMT, PhD. "Tending the Fire Element of Summer." NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Summer 2013.2, pp. 4041.

Anxiety-relief roll-on: To a roll-on bottle, add 4 drops bergamot and 2 drops vetiver and 1 tablespoon jojoba oil. Apply the blend to wrists and temples 23 times a day when feeling anxious or panicked.
Source: 150 Ways to Use Essential Oils from Eden's Garden

Relaxation Body Oil

2 tablespoons jojoba oil
5 drops vetiver
4 drops neroli essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil

Pour the jojoba into a one-ounce (30-ml) glass bottle. Add the essential oils. Shake gently. Use the blend for self-massage at the end of your day.
Source: The Heart of Aromatherapy
Difuser Blends

Stress Relief Blend

To a 5-ml colored glass dropper bottle add these essential oils:

30 drops vetiver essential oil
30 drops spikenard essential oil
30 drops chamomile essential oil
30 drops rose geranium essential oil
30 drops bergamot essential oil

Cap bottle tightly and shake. Let synergize for 8+ hours before using. Diffuse a few drops or use to make pleasing perfume oil or Aromatic mist.

Source: Essential Oils Aromatherapy Library by KG Stiles

Aphrodisiac Diffuser Blend

3 drops vetiver essential oil
1 drop rose absolute or essential oil
1 drop sandalwood essential oil
1 drop patchouli essential oil

Uplifting Diffuser Blend

This blend reduces the feelings of distraction and promotes Concentration, especially while studying or focusing on a task.

3 drops vetiver essential oil
2 drops frankincense essential oil
2 drops cedarwood essential oil.

Source: New Directions Aromatics
Scalp Conditioning Blend

To a 5-ml colored glass dropper bottle add these essential oils:

30 drops vetiver
30 drops ylang ylang essential oil
30 drops rosemary essential oil
30 drops carrot seed essential oil
30 drops rose geranium essential oil

Cap bottle tightly and shake. Let synergize for 8+ hours. Use a drop in your favorite Shampoo as a carrier.

You can also add a few drops of the blend to your favorite carrier oil and use as a Conditioner. Leave the Conditioner on your Scalp for up to an hour, and then Shampoo your Hair thoroughly.

Source: Essential Oils Aromatherapy Library