Vetivert Essential Oil

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Vetiveria zizanioides


Vetiver is “The fragrance of the soil”. The roots of the grass produce a rich, sensuous golden oil that is deeply relaxing and grounding.

Organically grown in Haiti, this oil is used for therapeutic, meditative and perfuming purposes. Its sweet, rooty, deeply relaxing aroma, which is reminiscent of woods and marshlands, is grounding, cooling and nourishing.

The rich, sensuous, earthy oil of vetiver is produced by harvesting and distilling the roots of the plant. Although it may be the world's most commonly used perfume fixative—meaning it is an effective base note that holds lighter top notes to the skin—vetiver is in itself an extremely healing oil to the body and the mind.

Used in liniments and massage oils, vetiver oil promotes comfort and assists the joints. It is also valued as a component in cosmetic preparations for its natural affinity for the skin and its ability to enhance skin health and radiance. Through its strengthening, tonic, grounding and regenerating effects, it supports and stabilizes the nervous system, making it a good choice for soothing and comforting body and mind.

Vetiver promotes emotional equilibrium, purifies the mind and enhances concentration. It also has a strong power of attraction and enhances sensual and romantic moods. Deeply calming, balancing and restorative, vetiver promotes rejuvenation on all levels and aids relaxation. Vetiver is an excellent choice to keep on your nightside table for promoting deep and revitalizing sleep.

How To Use Vetiver Essential Oil


  • Massage or Perfume Oil: The deliciously rich, sensuous and earthy aroma of vetiver is one of nature’s most attractive perfumes. Being a very strong base note, vetiver can easily overtake other oils. For perfumery fixative purposes, when combining oils it is recommended to limit vetiver to 5% of the total essential oil content. This oil is also extremely tenacious; one drop of vetiver can linger on the skin for many days.
  • Though vetiver can be diffused, its syrupy, sticky consistency can cause clogging in some diffusers. Vetiver can, however, be premixed with thinner oils and then diffused. 

Relaxing Body, Mind, and Spirit: Mix 3 drops vetiver oil, 6 drops roman chamomile and 6 drops bergamot oil to your favorite massage oil. Alternately, you may leave our the massage oil and add the mixture directly to your diffuser.

Rest and Rejuvenation Blend: 8 drops vetiver oil, 8 drops clary sage oil and 8 drops lavender in 15 mL of jojoba or your favorite body oil.

To sooth and support hot, red or dry skin, add a drop of vetiver oil to your favorite chemical-free, unscented face or body cream or oil.


  • To reduce the heated effects of too much sun, add two drops of vetiver oil to tepid bath water and soak, or apply (diluted) onto skin for a cooling effect.


Safety Considerations for Vetiver Essential Oil

Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Use with caution during pregnancy (small amounts, diluted). Do not take vetiver essential oil internally.