Latin name: Vetiveria zizanoides
Synonyms: Andropogon muricatus, vetivert, khus khus.
Plant family: Poaceae (Gramineae)
Extraction: Steam distillation of the roots and rootlets.
Origin: Native to South India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. (Java)
Plant characteristics: A tall, tufted, perennial, scented grass, with a straight stem, long narrow leaves and an abundant complex lacework of underground white rootlets.
Oil characteristics: olive, dark brown or amber viscous oil with a deep smoky, earthy-woody odour and a sweet persistent undertone.
Traditional use: the rootlets have been used in the East since antiquity for their fine fragrance, fibres of the grass are woven in to aromatic matting. The locals use it to protect domestic animals from vermin and in Indonesia it is used to protect soil from erosion during the rainy season.
Vetiver oil has a calming and soothing effect on the nervous system and is helpful for muscular
aches and pains, as well as having a positive effect on hormonal imbalance as well as relieving insomnia.
Blends well with: Sandalwood, rose, jasmine, patchouli, lavender, clary sage, yarrow, ylang ylang essential oils
Cautions and comments: non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing.
Main chemical constituents: Vetiverol, vitivone, terpenes, eg. Vetivenes.
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.