Botanical Family: Gramineae (grasses)
Extraction Method: Steam distilled from roots
Common Primary Uses: ADD/ADHD, Balance, Termite Repellent, Vitiligo
Common Application Methods: Vetiver can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern; diffuse. Also excellent in baths or in massage blends. A very small amount of vetiver oil is all that is needed in most applications.
Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.
Take in capsules.
Properties: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, calming, grounding, immune stimulant, rubefacient (locally warming), sedative (nervous system), stimulant (circulatory, production of red corpuscles).
Historical Uses: The distillation of vetiver is a painstaking, labor-intensive activity. The roots and rootlets of vetiver have been used in India as a perfume since antiquity.
Other Possible Uses: Vetiver may help acne, anorexia, anxiety, arthritis, breasts (enlarge), cuts, depression (including postpartum), insomnia, muscular rheumatism, nervousness (extreme), skin care (oily, aging, tired, irritated), sprains, stress, and tuberculosis.
Body System(s) Affected: Emotional Balance, Hormonal and Nervous Systems, Skin.
Aromatic Influence: Vetiver has a heavy, smoky, earthy fragrance reminiscent of patchouli with lemon-like undertones. Vetiver has been valuable for relieving stress and helping people recover from emotional traumas and shock. As a natural tranquilizer, it may help induce a restful sleep. It is known to affect the parathyroid gland.
Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Vetiver oil in general is approved by the FDA (21CFR172.510) for use as a Food Additive (FA) and Flavoring Agent (FL). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.
Safety Data: Use with caution during pregnancy.
Blends With: Clary sage, lavender, rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.