Green Valley Aromatherapy

Vetivert

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General Properties

  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • aphrodisiac
  • detoxifying
  • nervine
  • sedative
  • rubefacient
Origin: Indonesia. Steam distilled from the roots of the grass. Base note.

Description

Vetivert is steam distilled from the roots of the scented grass native to India and Sri Lanka. Some of its main chemical components are vetiverole, vitivone, and vetivenes.

While vetivert has been used as a perfume base (fixative) for thousands of years, the fact that it is an immunostimulant is less well known. It has mild rubefacient qualities, making it good in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism and muscular pain. The most valuable use of this oil, however, is its ability to relieve stress, anxiety, insomnia and depression. It is a very grounding, stable oil and is very useful when used after a shock or during a traumatic period in life.

This oil blends well with sandalwood, jasmine, patchouli, lavender, clary sage, and ylang ylang.

Specific Cautions

Avoid in the first trimester of pregnancy.

References

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. (Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications

Botanical Name: Vetiveria zizaniodes
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Appearance: Clear liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.