Vetiver Essential Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes - EO Spotlight

Vetiver Essential Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes - EO Spotlight

Vetiver is a very sticky oil as it comes from a grass and just as grasses are grounded and rooted, Vetiver also helps us feel grounded and rooted in our lives. Being of the earth, this oil has calming, cooling, and centering actions that work equally on the body and the mind.

This lovely oil is rich in sesquiterpenes, which contain grounding properties. When experiencing anxiety, nervousness, or stress...use vetiver topically or aromatically. It inspires a harmonious state while promoting deep concentration.

Vetiver is a thick amber oil that comes from a tropical grass well known for preventing soil erosion. It is native to Asia, grows about 4 to 8 feet in height, and produces large clusters of underground roots that are aromatic.

Frequently used in natural perfumery, vetiver's unique aroma has an alluring effect. Only a little is needed to smell that amazing scent. It can enhance sensual and romantic emotions as well.

Vetiver Essential Oil Facts

Botanical Name Vetiveria zizanoides
Botanical Family Poaceae
Aka Vetivert
Aroma Woody, smoky, and earthy
Extraction Method Steam distilled
Plant Part Used Root
Shelf Life 4-8 years
Kid Safe? Yes, max dilution 1%
Safety Concerns Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing

 

Note: Max dilution for adults is 15% according to Tisserand.

Essential Oil Blends Well With:

Patchouli, Sandalwood, Lavender, Geranium, Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Angelica, Tumeric, Black Pepper, Bergamot, Frankincense, Cypress, Helichrysum, Myrrh, Nutmeg.

Vetiver Essential Oil Benefits

- Promotes emotional equilibrium

- Stabilizes the nervous system

- Assists with deep, revitalizing sleep

- Enhances focus and concentration

- Supports a healthy immune system

- Cools and nourishes the skin

- Enhance sensual and romantic emotions

- Promotes comfort and assists the joints

- Connects one with the earth and earth energies

- Reduces inflammation (anti-inflammatory properties)

- Offers skin healing properties for all types of skin

Vetiver Essential Oil Uses

#1. Focus & Concentration

- Do you or your children struggle with concentration? It seems like it's becoming more and more common in our world. One of the best oils for lack of concentration or an all-over scattered feeling is Vetiver oil.

- Everything is always on. You can drive up and get fast food in the middle of the night. Many gas stations are open 24 hours. Walmart is open 24 hours. Turn on your TV anytime you want and it'll be on. The internet is on 24/7. Our world is massively coming at us at all times. It's a wonder people have trouble concentrating. There are just so many distractions out there.

- While we can turn off the TV or turn off our computers when we want, there ARE many distractions we can't turn off. Sometimes those distractions are inside of us. Sometimes they come in the form of a chemical imbalance.

- Diffuse Vetiver: Use an essential oil diffuser to get the benefits for the entire home, office or classroom. Check out the recipes section for vetiver diffuer blends to try.

#2. Restful Sleep

- Sleep is vital for a healthy mind and body. When lack of sleep occurs, body functions begin to slow down. Vetiver is a fabulous oil for sleep. It can give your body the rest it needs.

- Vetiver Lavender Bedtime Roller: Place 4 drops of vetiver oil & 6 drops lavender oil into a roller bottle, fill rest of bottle with carrier oil like jojoba oil. To use, roll on chest or wrists before bedtime, deeply inhale the aroma.

#3. Emotions

- Vetiver oil balances emotions by affecting the Amygdala gland, so it is best to for the person suffering with emotional issues to not only put the oil on, but to smell it as well.

- The Amygdala gland in your brain is ONLY accessed by scent. It is the part of our body that holds emotional grief.

- It works somewhat like this. You smell fresh baked cookies and you automatically find yourself thinking of your grandma who used to make you cookies all the time as a child. Or when you smell that fresh Christmas tree, it jogs your memory of that one amazing Christmas you'll never forget.

- Vetiver Inhaler: Simply place 10 drops of vetiver (5 drops for a child) on cotton wick and place into inhaler. To use, hold open inhaler under nose and take a deep breathe in. Allow the aroma to soothe and calm you.

#4. Deep Relaxation

- Vetiver's earthy scent provides aromatic benefits that calm and relax the mind and body. By smelling this oil, it can help you or your loved one feel deeply relaxed. It deals with stress at the core level of your being.

- It is a great oil to rub on your brow bone. Keeping it near your face and put onto your head will affect your brain and help you to keep smelling that wonderful and healing scent all through out your day.

- Vetiver Oil Bath: Add 5 drops of oil to 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil, mix together. Fill bath tub with warm water once desired level, add bath oil blend. Add 1/2 cup Epsom salt. Swirl with hand for an ideal bath that will be deeply relaxing.

#5. Ease Restless Thoughts

- If you often lay awake at night from endless mind chatter or restless thoughts, give vetiver oil a try.

- Diffuse before bedtime, the powerful grounding aroma can help with relaxation, as well as ease your mind from stressful thoughts or dreams. Its thick, sticky consistency can cause clogging in some diffusers. To avoid this you can premixed with thinner oils and then diffuse.

#6. Perfume Base

- Use vetiver essential oil in a DIY perfume blend. It is frequently used as a base note in perfumes (perfume fixative). Base notes hold lighter top notes to the skin. It provides balance and depth to the blends aromatic profile.

Vetiver Essential Oil Recipes


Oil of Tranquility Bath Blend

Grounding, cooling and nourishing blend

  • 4 drops Vetiver
  • 2 drops Grapefruit
  • 1 tablespoon Castile soap

Mix essential oils into Castile soap, add to warm bath.


Woodland Dreams Diffuser Blend

Earthy and woody with a hint of floral, let this blend help you sleep

  • 3 drops Cedarwood
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Juniper Berry
  • 1 drop Vetiver

Add essential oils recipes below to diffuser with recommended water for your diffuser tank. I like to use a 100-200 ml water tank diffuser but you can use whatever size you prefer, here is my favorite.

Read More: Diffusing Essential Oils

Vetiver Essential Oil Diffuser Blend - Woodland Dreams - EO Spotlight by Loving Essential Oils


Relax Body, Mind & Spirit Massage Oil

Use as a self massage blend, inhale the aroma as applying

Add essential oils to a dropper bottle or lotion pump bottle, fill rest of bottle with grapeseed oil. Shake to blend, label bottle.

Read More: Aromatherapy Massage Oil Recipes


Negativity Be Gone Diffuser Blend

  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Rosemary
  • 1 drop Frankincense
  • 1 drop Vetiver

Add essential oils recipes below to diffuser with recommended water for your diffuser tank.

Vetiver Essential Oil Diffuser Blend - Negativity Be Gone - EO Spotlight by Loving Essential Oils


Let It Go Roller Blend

Add essential oils to roller bottle and top off with jojoba oil. Roll onto wrists, chest and shoulders, deeply inhale the aroma. 5% dilution.


Free to Focus Diffuser Blend

  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 3 drops Vetiver
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang

Add essential oils recipes below to diffuser with recommended water for your diffuser tank.

Vetiver Essential Oil Diffuser Blend - Free To Focus - EO Spotlight by Loving Essential Oils


Calm & Collected Roller Blend

Add essential oils to roller bottle and top off with jojoba oil. Roll onto wrists, chest and shoulders, deeply inhale the aroma. 5% dilution.


Peace Diffuser Blend

  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Coriander
  • 1 drop Frankincense
  • 1 drop Vetiver

Add essential oils recipes below to diffuser with recommended water for your diffuser tank.

Vetiver Essential Oil Diffuser Blend - Peace - EO Spotlight by Loving Essential Oils


Immunity Inhaler

  • 4 drops Vetiver
  • 4 drops Cedarwood (any type)
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Sweet Orange
  • Blank Inhaler

Add essential oils to cotton wick and insert into inhaler.

Read More: How to Use Essential Oil Inhalers


Relax & Recharge Diffuser Blend

  • 4 drops Eucalyptus
  • 3 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Vetiver

Add essential oils recipes below to diffuser with recommended water for your diffuser tank.

Vetiver Essential Oil Diffuser Blend - Relax and Recharge - EO Spotlight by Loving Essential Oils


Rest & Rejuvenation Body Gel

  • 2 drops Vetiver
  • 2 drops Clary Sage
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel

Blend essential oils into aloe vera gel and rub onto body. Let the body gel soak into skin for a healing and rejuvenating experience. I love aloe vera gel, it leaves the skin SO SOFT!! Make sure you get the gel and not jelly, it is a watery substance (not really "gel" like you may think but it is amazing, I buy mine through Aromatics.


Where to Buy Vetiver Essential Oil

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General Essential Oil Precautions

Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.

Avoid old or oxidized oils, they may cause skin sensitization. Store oil in dark, airtight container.

Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).

If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), it is best practice to always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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Jennifer Lane

Hello, I'm Jennifer, Founder of Loving Essential Oils. I have a passion for natural health and aromatherapy. I love making DIY products to replace store bought items and strive for a chemical and toxin free home. I enjoy using aromatherapy and essential oils every day to keep my family and myself healthy and happy. My hope is to help you do the same.

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