Vetiver Essential Oil Uses & Benefits

Published 26th Jun 2024

Since ancient times, the Vetiver plant has been prized for its many benefits that have assisted with various aromatherapy, medicinal and cosmetic applications. In Ayurvedic medicine, Vetiver Essential Oil was used to address many health concerns including arthritis, joint disorders, headaches, muscular pain, fevers, heat strokes, skin complaints and energy loss. .
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Uses And Benefits Of Vetiver Essential Oil

Since ancient times, the Vetiver plant has been prized for its many benefits that have assisted with various aromatherapy, medicinal and cosmetic applications.

In Ayurvedic medicine, Vetiver Essential Oil was used to address many health concerns including arthritis, joint disorders, headaches, muscular pain, fevers, heat strokes, skin complaints and energy loss. Likewise, in Ancient Chinese medicine, the benefits of Vetiver Oil were recognised to balance emotions, alleviate negative feelings, focus the mind and cool the body.

What Is Vetiver Essential Oil?

Steam distilled from the roots of the Vetiverina zizanioides botanical species, Vetiver Essential Oil is best known for its woody, smoky, earthy and somewhat sweet aroma.

Vetiver Essential Oil Certified Organic: There is also a Certified Organic variation of Vetiver Essential Oil. When an essential oil is ‘certified organic’, it means that the oil is guaranteed to be produced in an environment that is free from any herbicides or pesticides. However, it is important to note that this does not mean that non-organic essential oils are grown in environments where these products are present.


Benefits Of Vetiver Essential Oil

Benefits of Vetiver Essential Oil for Medicinal Use

  • Due to the natural antioxidant activity within Vetiver Essential Oil, it has been seen to ease various types of inflammation caused by dehydration or sunstroke. This anti-inflammatory effect also makes it a great essential oil for sore and swollen joints.
  • It has also been said that Vetiver Oil has an immune enhancing effect when diffused and inhaled.
  • In addition to its calming abilities, other Vetiver Essential Oil benefits are known to balance emotional well-being whilst encouraging concentration.
  • These benefits further make it a great essential oil for insomnia, as well as mental and physical exhaustion.
  • When diluted and used topically, Vetiver Oil has also been seen to enhance circulation and facilitate the healing of wounds by preventing the growth of harmful bacteria.

Benefits of Vetiver Essential Oil for Cosmetic Use

  • Vetiver Essential Oil is extremely hydrating when used topically and it has been seen to firm, tighten and protect the skin against environmental factors such as dust, wind, and sun.
  • These hydrating and nourishing properties further encourage the growth of new skin, making this oil fantastic for reducing the appearance of scars, stretch marks and acne.
  • It has also been seen to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.
  • Vetiver Essential Oil is known to have a low evaporation rate and for this reason it is often used in perfumy. In fact, it is known to be a prime ingredient in many high-end perfumes such as Mademoiselle by Chanel, Miss Dior by Dior, Opium by Yves Saint Laurent and Ysatis by Givenchy!

Benefits of Vetiver Essential Oil in Aromatherapy

  • In aromatherapy, Vetiver Essential Oil has been seen to assist those suffering with stress, insomnia and fatigue.
  • It is also believed to assist those who struggle to concentrate and for this reason, it is a great essential oil to have diffusing in any office or study space.
  • The incredibly warm, woody and earthy essence of Vetiver Oil is highly valued in aromatherapy, as it is known to encourage feelings of confidence and tranquillity.
  • Because of this, it is further believed to dissolve feelings of anger, irritability, panic, stress and restlessness.

Popular Uses and Benefits of Vetiver Oil

Vetiver Essential Oil for Sleep

How To Use Vetiver Essential Oil for Sleep

  • The warm, woody and earthy aroma of Vetiver Essential Oil is believed to encourage feelings of tranquility and ease, making it a fantastic essential oil to diffuse prior to sleep.
  • In saying this, it has been seen to be particularly beneficial for those who struggle with insomnia.

Vetiver Essential Oil for Skin

How To Use Vetiver Essential Oil for Skin

  • When diluted and applied topically, the benefits of Vetiver Essential Oil are known to hydrate and nourish the skin.
  • The powerful antioxidant activity within this oil is further known to reduce signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and aging spots.
  • These same benefits also make it a great oil for scars, acne, pigmentation and stretch marks.

Vetiver Essential Oil for Cuts & Wounds

How To Use Vetiver Essential Oil for Cuts & Wounds

  • When diluted and applied to wounds, the benefits of Vetiver Oil are known to enhance circulation which in turn, may promote healing of cuts, grazes, and minor wounds.
  • The antibacterial properties also reduce the likelihood of potential infection.

Vetiver Essential Oil for Emotional Stability

How To Use Vetiver Essential Oil for Emotional Stability

  • Vetiver Essential Oil has been seen to have a positive effect on emotions as it works to balance and soothe the mind.
  • When diffused and inhaled, it is further believed to reduce symptoms associated with stress and nervousness.

How To Use Vetiver Essential Oil?

How to Use Vetiver Essential Oil in Aromatherapy?

Diffusing: One of the most common ways to use Vetiver Essential Oil is in an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer. This is a fantastic way to receive the therapeutic and aromatic benefits of this popular essential oil.
Inhaling: For those who do not own a diffuser or vaporizer, simply add a drop to a tissue and inhale. Just be sure to avoid direct contact with the skin as this may result in irritation.
Warm Bath: To address inflammation or muscle soreness, simply add a few drops to a warm bath.
Cleansing Shower: You can also add a drop to each corner of your shower; the aroma will rise with the steam to help clear and calm the mind.

How to Use Vetiver Essential Oil on the Skin (Topical Application)

Massage: To create a Vetiver infused massage oil, simply add a few drops to a carrier oil or base massage oil. This may be beneficial to those wanting to address muscle soreness and inflammation.
Skin Serum: You can also add a few drops to a carrier oil to create a skin serum. This is a great way to treat various skin complaints such as acne, fine lines, wrinkles and scars.
Moisturiser: Vetiver Oil can also be added to any moisturisers or skincare products to enhance existing benefits.

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Where To Buy Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver Essential Oil can generally be found in any health, cosmetic and wellbeing retail stores however, it is important to know that the quality and purity of essential oils will vary according to where they are purchased. For this reason, we always recommend finding a reputable and reliable supplier who is willing to provide product documentation.

Here at AWO, quality and purity are of paramount importance and that is why we only provide Vetiver Essential Oil that is 100% pure. We also offer Certified Organic Vetiver Essential Oil, simply follow the link below:

Vetiver Oil benefits. Vetiver Oil uses.

What Customers Are Saying About Vetiver Oil

“Gorgeous deep smoky tobacco notes that I use to define my space and keep me in the moment while I study. I use it combined with lighter oils, like Sweet Basil, , Orange or Lemon
Hamish (Verified Customer)

“Got myself a 5ml size bottle to give this one a go as I’ve heard a lot of good things about Vetiver from people I know. This smells really nice and I’m excited to incorporate it into my daily oils”
Brittany (Verified Customer)


Vetiver Essential Oil Safety

Whilst essential oils are natural products, they are extremely potent and can cause serious harm if used incorrectly. For this reason, we recommend the following:

  • In line with the Therapeutic Goods Act, we do not recommend ingesting essential oils without the guidance of a registered Aromatherapist or Naturopath.
  • Avoid using Vetiver Essential Oils during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding.
  • We recommend storing your Essential Oils in a cool, dry place at room temperature, ensuring that they are not directly exposed to sunlight and are out of reach of children or pets.
  • Vetiver Essential Oil is very concentrated and is likely to cause irritation or reactions if applied directly to the skin. For this reason, it is important to first dilute your essential oils before using topically (on the skin). Our recommended dilution percentages can be found under the ‘Directions for Use’ section.

Resources

Tanu, B & Harpreet, K, 2016, ‘Benefits of essential oils’, Journal Of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 143 – 149

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness.

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