Vetiver essential oil comes from the roots of the vetiver grass. Vetiver is an aromatic grass that grows up to a height of six feet. Though it originates in India, vetiver is widely cultivated in tropical regions of the world. A major producer of vetiver is Haiti, where doTERRA sources the essential oil.
Vetiver has several uses and is grown for many reasons. Unlike other grasses, the root system of Vetiver grows down, making it ideal for helping to prevent erosion and providing soil stabilization. The grass can protect fields against pests and weeds, is suitable for animal feed, and is a food flavoring agent. The plant’s fibrous properties also make it useful for making into rope.
The essential oil is obtained through a hydro diffusion process (a distillation process that introduces steam into the still from the top). Vetiver has a rich, exotic, complex aroma that is used extensively in perfumes. Due to Vetiver’s calming, grounding effect on the emotions, it is an ideal oil to use in massage and aromatherapy.
Vetiver Essential Oil History
Vetiver has a long and rich history. In India, they make blinds out of vetiver to keep out the intense heat. Sprinkling water on the blinds emits the distinctive vetiver aroma.
In Java, the root has been used for centuries for weaving mats and thatching huts. In folk magic, the vetiver root purportedly can provide safety and increase financial resources.
Vetiver is a part of traditional medicine in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, and West Africa.
Vetiver Essential Oil Uses
Vetiver in recent years is used to produce perfumes, creams, soaps, and herbal skincare products. It is used for its germ destroying properties in treating sores. Rubbing the oil on the feet before bedtime can help promote a restful night’s sleep. When taken internally, Vetiver can support a healthy immune system.
The oil is thicker than most essential oils, and a little goes a long way. Vetiver is rich in sesquiterpenes, which gives it a calming and grounding effect on emotions. Other uses of vetiver today include:
- Diffuse to help calm emotions and lessen stress.
- Take a warm bath with a few drops for deep relaxation.
- After a hard day’s work, apply as part of a soothing aromatic massage.
- After a day of standing, apply to feet as part of a soothing massage.
- After a stressful school day, apply to your child’s neck and feet to promote feelings of calm.
- Use as a general massage oil to help calm emotions.
- As a drink, add 1–2 drops to tea or other hot drinks during cold months to promote immune-supporting properties.
- Before traveling, take one to two drops of Vetiver along with Lemon in a capsule for immune-supporting properties.
Directions for Use
You can diffuse Vetiver essential oil, rub it on your skin and take it internally.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. You can also place two drops in a Veggie Capsule and take with water.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
As with all essential oils, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep vetiver essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using vetiver oil.
Co-Impact Sourcing of Vetiver
Here is a short video on the sourcing of vetiver in Haiti and how doTERRA’ Co-impact Sourcing program helped the harvesters get fresh water to their village.