You may have read the word in the description of your favourite perfume, but what is Vetiver good for and how do you use it? Vetiver is a tall tropical grass from Indonesia, with long sharp-edged leaves and abundant aromatic roots where the essential oil is steam distilled from. The grass and roots are used locally to make fragrant mats, blinds and fans.
Aromatically Vetiver is warming, sensual and deeply grounding. It is a classic base note, meaning it is long-lasting in its aroma and will add a wonderful smoky, tenacious note to any blend. You only need one or two drops in a blend for it to shine! It has been used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to treat achy joints and muscles, as a skin salve, and to reduce fevers.
Interesting Fact: Locally the essential oil is known as the ‘oil of tranquility’ which reflects one of its primary therapeutic actions.
Uses in Aromatherapy: Vetiver is such a wonderful oil to bring serenity and calm to your blends. It can be used effectively to bring you to the ‘here and now’, great for when feeling overwhelmed and depleted. It also acts as a wonderful sedative, particularly around emotional issues, so can be used at the end of the day to aid rest and relieve fatigue.
In a massage blend, it may help to reduce muscular aches and pains by relaxing the body and allowing it to feel looser. It’s also great to nourish dry or mature skin.
Diffuser blend to ease emotional stress
Add the following essential oils to the water in your Aroma Spa Diffuser:
1 drop Vetiver
5 drops of Orange
2 drops Cedarwood Virginian
This is a great blend for the end of the day, to help you wind down.
Massage blend to help sleep
Add the following essential oils to 20ml of Blending oil:
1 drop of Vetiver
2 drops of Lavender
2 drops of Bergamot
Massage over your skin in long, slow, sweeping strokes to aid relaxation.
Top Tip: Vetiver can be very viscous so it’s a good idea to place your bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes to aid the flow.
About Jo Kellett
Our essential oil expert, Jo Kellett TIDHA MIFPA CIMI, graduated from the Tisserand Institute of Holistic Aromatherapy in 1996. She returned to the college in 1999 as Essential Oil Therapeutics Tutor, where she taught until the college closed. Jo runs a successful private Aromatherapy practice in Brighton, specialising in Women’s health. Jo is also an internationally published author and has lectured on the subject of Aromatherapy both in the UK and abroad.