Description & Extraction:
It is a tall, tufted, perennial, scented grass with long narrow leaves and
an abundant complex lacework of underground white roots and is mainly
cultivated in the tropics, such as India, Tahiti, Java and Haiti. The grass
was used in Calcutta and Haiti for thatching and awnings, blinds and
sunshades, while in Java the roots were used for weaving mats and thatching
huts, which not only gave rooms an exquisite fragrance but also deterred
insects. Vetiver oil is also known as the 'oil of tranquility' because of
its calming properties. It has an earthy, musty smell - much like the smell
of a damp forest floor and is amber to olive in color. It is extracted from
the washed, chopped, dried and soaked roots and rootlets by steam
distillation and yields about 0.5%.
Blends well with:
Vetiver essential oils blend well together, vetiver oil blends particularly
well with benzoin, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender and ylang-ylang.
The main chemical components are benzoic acid, vetiverol, furfurol, a and
b-vetivone, vetivene and vetivenyl vetivenate.
Vetiver oil are antiseptic, aphrodisiac, cicatrisant, nervine, sedative,
tonic, sedative and vulnerary.
Uses & Precautions:
- Vetiver oil calms and soothes the mind and helps to dispel anger,
hysteria and irritability and neurotic behavior can also be reduced, as
stress and tension is reduced.
- It revitalizes the body and helps with mental and physical
exhaustion and is also used for general aches and pains, especially for
rheumatism, arthritis and muscular pain, while relieving insomnia.
- It is considered a safe oil and is non-toxic, non-irritant and
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.
Burners and vaporizers
In vapor therapy, vetiver oil can be used for nervous complaints,
dispelling hysteria, anger and irritability and also to relieve insomnia.
Blended massage oil or in the bath
In blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, vetiver oil can help with
mental and physical exhaustion, nervous complaints, rheumatism and arthritic
pain, insomnia as well as balancing the hormonal system and have a healing
effect on the skin.
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Physico Chemical Properties:-
||.K - 3259 KE - 2007
||July 2009 (Please follow standard storage conditions for better
||Amber colour to Grayish Brown, Olive Brown to Dark Brown colour
||The odour is sweet & very heavy woody earthy reminiscent of
roots & wet soil with a rich undertone of precious wood notes. Taste
is not very powerful but resembles as to Asparagus.
||Vetiveria Zizanioides Stapf. (Fam: Gramineae)
||+14º 10` TO +25º
||Coumarin, Beta Vetivone, Alpha Vetivone, Vetiverol.
||Soluble in Alcohol and other organics solvents & in soluble in
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