About Vetiver Essential Oil

vetiver essential oil benefits, uses, and science research

About Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver is by far my favorite oil!

Well, it’s one of the top 10 oils that are by far my favorite. 🙂


Well, because it helps me sleep (which is a problem I USED to have, thanks in part to this amazing oil) and it is one of the most organically beautiful smelling oils in my opinion.

I regularly where it as an essential oil cologne.

It’s actually been used and is still used commonly as a fixative in perfumes. It’s in 90% of all western perfumes. So yeah…it smells grand. And even better, it has some amazing physiological benefits and effects on the body.

What is Vetiver?

vetiver essential oil

Vetiver essential oil comes from this plant.

Vetiver is a grass native to India. If you came across it, you probably wouldn’t even realize it as you can see in the picture.

It’s very hardy (which might be why it’s so awesome). Unlike most grasses whose roots grow outward near the surface, Vetiver’s roots grow down 7-13 FEET in depth and grow 10-13 feet in it’s first year. CRAZY. Due to this and the way the plant grows, it’s very frost and wildfire resistant, and able to survive heavy grazing. It’s also very drought tolerant.

So that’s the basics on the plant that the oil comes from.

Now for the juicy part–that hardy plant produces some pretty crazy positive effects on the body.

Please note that the FDA does not regulate essential oils. This means that I cannot make any specific claims or imply that essential oils cure or should be used to treat any diseases or other health conditions. I am not doing that by providing this information.

All  information is pulled from reputable sources and studies. Links are provided so that you can make an educated and informed decision as a responsible adult.

Soothing and Regenerative Properties

Vetiver has excellent soothing and cooling effects that calm and relieve irritation. It is exceptional at providing relief  in both the circulatory and nervous systems. It’s also a great help for redness and irritation from sun stroke and dehydration.

Vetiver has been shown to increase the speed of eradication or dissipation of scars and other marks from the skin and promote the growth of new tissues in the affected places which replace the dead and discolored tissues and helps achieve a uniform look. This is also useful for post delivery stretch marks for pregnant women, fat stretch marks, after spots left by pox, and burns.

Significant attenuation of renal toxicity was confirmed by histopathological examination, lowered levels of serum blood urea nitrogencreatinine and reduced DNA damage. [Vetiver] also compensated deficits in the renal antioxidant system. [Vetiver] intervention significantly inhibited DNA damage, clastogenic effects, and cell cycle arrest in the bone marrow cells of mice. Hematological parameters indicated attenuation of cisplatin-induced myelosuppression. Overall, this study provides for the first time that [Vetiver] has a protective role in the abatement of cisplatin-induced toxicity in mice which may be attributed to its antioxidant activity.

In other words, it’s a pretty amazing substance. You can view the reference for the above scientific research on the DNA-inhibiting effects of Vetiver essential oil here.

Cleansing Properties

Vetiver oil effectively stops the growth of outside threats which often cause unwanted ailments and conditions. It is totally safe for this oil to be applied externally on cuts or taken orally in order to protect cuts as well as internal organs.

The Nectar of the Gods

I have mentioned in past posts that I think Elevation is the nectar of the Gods due to its smell.

However, Vetiver is truly The Nectar of the Gods.

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As this report on “The Utilization of Vetiver as Medicinal and Aromatic Plants with Special Reference to Thailand” highlights:

The main action of vetiver oil is on the nervous system and it is both sedating and strengthening in effect. It is excellent in the treatment of depression, nervous tension, debility*, insomnia and many stress-related diseases, and acts as an aphrodisiac where there is a clear connection between impotence or frigidity and stress. It may be used in massage blends and the bath; it has a rather powerful smell but is very pleasant when diluted. It stimulates the circulatory system and makes a useful massage oil for elderly or debilitated people with poor circulation. It also helps to stimulate the production of red blood cells and is thus beneficial for anemia. It makes a useful warming and pain-relieving rubbing oil, suitable for deep massage of muscular aches and pains, sprains, stiffness, rheumatism and arthritis. It may be added to sports oil blends and massaged into muscles before and after sports. In skin care, it helps to balance the secretion of sebum. It is also a useful antiseptic and is slightly stringent. It is used in lotions, compresses and baths for the treatment of oily skin, acne and weeping sores (Curtis 1996).

Vetiver oil revitalizes the body by fortifying the red blood corpuscles crucial in transporting oxygen to all parts of the system. Increased blood flow could alleviate muscular aches and pains and said to be useful in cases of rheumatism and arthritis (Sellar 1992).

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