A little Vetiver Trivia
Vetiver essential oil is known as the oil for the brain and emotional health. It is native to India and the oil is distilled from the roots — hence the brownish, amber colour.
Vetiver essential oil is known for its uplifting, soothing, healing and protective properties, and it is used as a “grounding” oil (probably due to being distilled from the roots). It is a natural body cooler and therefore is very welcome in those warmer climates. It is often used for cooling the body and treating heat stroke, as well as for joint disorders and skin problems.
Vetiver essential oil is rather thick, so it takes longer for the drops to exit the bottle. However, it is well worth the wait.
Interesting and Fun Facts
- During the 12th century, Vetiver became a taxable item in India.
- Vetiver was used in folk magic for its ability to increase abundance.
10 Everyday Uses for Vetiver Essential Oil
- Sweet Dreams: Vetiver oil helps with relaxation and insomnia. I use Vetiver oil regularly for this purpose – diffusing at bedtime.
- That Enticing Masculine Aroma: Vetiver has a sweet, woody fragrance and so is frequently used in the perfume industry for those more masculine scents.
- Pest Control:
- Got termites? Vetiver deters those critters from their tunneling activity due to its long lasting active components.
- Other pests: Repels mosquitos and can be used on the scalp to kill lice.
- In the Garden: Used as a pest repellent and you might want to try adding to any mulch to control weeds.
- Skin Care:
- Its antioxidant properties can give a healthy glow to your skin and some say that it slows down the aging process as it rejuvenates the skin.
- Frequent use can promote the fading of dark spots on the skin.
- Heals wounds by promoting growth of new tissue and inhibits growth of microbes that can cause infections and inflammation.
- Soothes burns and is often used to alleviate scars of acne and/or stretch marks. Its antiseptic and immune stimulating properties kill bacterial and reduces the risk of infection.
- Calming massage oil – Use a base of a carrier oil such as jojoba oil or sweet almond oil and add 3-5 drops per teaspoon of the carrier oil.
- Increases Focus: Vetiver has proved to be extremely effective in treating ADHD in children. Diffuse in the room and watch the concentration begin.
- Pain Relief: Soothes the pain of arthritis and gout, headaches and other muscle aches.
- A Lady’s Monthy Woes: It’s a natural remedy for PMS cramps due to its calming and relaxing properties. Add a drop or two to your tea, water or iced dessert to increase the calming and relaxing experience.
*Caution: All essential oils are not created equal. Not all essential oils can be ingested. Make sure that the oils you are using are certified pure therapeutic grade and the label indicates that it/they are safe to take internally.
- A New Twinkle in Your Eye: Known for its aphrodisiac properties, Vetiver’s calming and relaxing effects help to balance the hormones, perhaps leading to an increased libido and sexual desire.
- Aromatherapy: Its calming properties make it the perfect choice to use in aromatherapy for fighting insomnia, panic attacks and anxiety.
- Thunderstorms and Dogs: Many dogs are terrified during thunderstorms and head for the nearest bed to hide under. To help calm your dog, diffuse Vetiver in whatever room he is in. However, it is important that the dog has an escape route from the room, in case he has an aversion to this oil. Simply leave the door to the room open.
What blends well with Vetiver essential oil?
** Caution: If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, check with your doctor before using any essential oil.