Vetiver Essential Oil - Uses and Benefits

The Vetiver herb is an aromatic grass that grows up to a height of six feet, and the essential oil of Vetiver is extracted from the roots. Known as the "oil of tranquility" in Indian and Sri Lankan cultures, Vetiver has a sweet, woody, earthly and reviving fragrance that instills confidence and kindles the aura of human body. Ancient Chinese culture believed that Vetiver essential oil had high calmative powers that cool the system, energize the brain cells, stabilize emotions, invigorate dry skin and pacify hurtful thoughts and anger. The calming properties of Vetiver can help with insomnia and anxiety.

The oil is primarily apart of the sesquiterpene familly, which is a fancy term to describe special molecules that deliver oxygen molecules to cells. They can erase as well as deprogram miswritten codes in the DNA. Sesquiterpenes are thought to be especially effective in helping with neurological conditions like Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease because the root problem with the cells are that they contains misinformation with DNA strands. Vetiver can go past the blood-brain barrier and effect so much within our head!

In modern times, Vetiver has made a large impression in scientific research. One research study examined the effectiveness of essential oils in the treatment of ADHD diagnosed children from the ages of six to fourteen years . Treatment outcome results reveal that the essential oil of Vetiver improves the brain activity and reduces the symptoms in ADHD diagnosed subjects (1).

Vetiver also helps with reducing signs of aging as well as scar tissue appearance. The fatty, viscous properties of the oil promote cellular regeneration of skin by inhibiting free radicals in the body. As a result, the body becomes detoxified and rejuvenated by Vetiver's thick and smooth consistencies.

The oil has a very pungent odor on its own, so its important to use a carrier oil for dilution when using on the skin. If ingested, dilution in water or a capsule is the most effective method (2). If used in aromatherapy, Vetiver combined with Lavender can make for a calming and therapeutic atmosphere (as well as reduce the pungency of the oil on its own).

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1. Friedmann, T.S. (2009). Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Int. J Clin Aromather. Retrieved from

2. The Essential Oil Institute

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