Also known as "Khus" or, "Khus khus", vetiver is a plant common to the Indian subcontinent. It's popularity has grown in recent years due to its distinctive aroma and some of the health benefits associated with the oil.
Vetiver is a perennial grass, similar to lemongrass and citronella. It can grow up about 5 feet tall and comes from a Tamil word meaning "hatched up". It is thin with rigid leaves and brownish-purple flowers.
The roots of the plant is where we find the precious and beneficial essential oils in the plant. These roots are harvested and steam distilled to extract the oils.
Many would describe the aroma of vetiver to be woody, metallic, smokey, earthy, herbaceous and spicy and due to this complex arrangements of scents, vetiver has found it's place in the fragrance and perfume industry. There are however, health benefits associated with the use of vetiver essential oil as well and that's what this article intends to cover.
Vetiver is effective at reducing inflammation in the circulatory and nervous systems due to its calming and cooling effects. It is also used as a remedy for the effects of dehydration, heat illness and other environmental maladies common in the South Asian region.
What it would feel like to be 20 again. Vetiver is widely known for its aphrodisiac effects. It stimulates the areas of the brain associated with libido and enhances sexual desire.
Due to its amazing ability to calm the mind, vetiver is used to treat insomnia. In fact, in Asia, vetiver is often used to stuff mattresses to help aid sleep and to keep the bugs away - both of which undoubtedly contribute to better sleep.
Helps Eliminate Scarring
Vetiver is known as a "cicatrisant" which speed up the healing of scars. It promotes skin growth and is very useful for stretch marks, scars, burns and other skin issues.
Prevents Bacterial Infections
Vetiver has actually been shown to stop the growth of staphlococcus aureus, better known as "staph infection". In the hot and humid region of Asia, bacteria thrive and are able to reproduce very fast. Vetiver is used to prevent infection and promote healing of wounded tissues.
Struggling with lack of focus? Vetiver can help! It has such a strongcalming effect on the mind that it has been shown to have dramatic effects on the brains ability to focus.
A 2001 study conducted by Dr. Terry Friedman found that the oil's aroma improved the performance of children with ADD and ADHD by 100 percent.
The results emerged as much stronger than lavender's performance increase of 53 percent and cedarwood's 83 percent.
To harness these benefits, vetiver oil can be administered in different ways. It can be applied topically (recommended diluted with a carrier oil), directly inhaled, diffused or used as a supplement.
The theme here is that vetiver has the ability to calm the mind. For those struggling with anxiety, vetiver is definitely a worthwhile oil to try out in your essential oil diffuser.
How to use vetiver essential oil:
The most effective uses for vetiver essential oils are as a massage oil, lotion or, diffused in an oil diffuser. Little information exists as to its efficacy with oral consumption but, the information that does exist suggests that it is safe to ingest if diluted.
An effective massage oil containing vetiver would be something like the following:
- 4 drops Vetiver essential oil
- 4 drops Clary Sage essential oil
- 4 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
- 5 drops Lavender essential oil
- 1/2 cup grapeseed oil