Vetiver’s exotic aroma is well known as a base used in perfumes. It is woody, earthy, and sweet undertones adds to its complex aroma. Its effect on emotional balance and hormonal system helps to calm and ground emotions. Its effect on the nervous system helps healthy circulation and has immune-enhancing properties.
Vetiver can be inhaled aromatically to help with stress relief and helping post traumatic symptoms due to traumas or shock. Because of its properties, it has been referred to as a natural tranquilizer that helps restful sleep. When taken internally, it is best to dilute 1 drop with 1 tsp honey, 4 oz beverage or in capsules. Vetiver is applied to reflex points or area of concern and is great in a massage blend or in a bath. Because of its potency, it is recommended to use very small amounts. When pregnant, use with caution.
Steam distilled from the roots of the plant, Vetiver has been used historically as a perfume in India. It can also help with a variety of skin issues, such as acne, oil, aging, or tired skin, and internal issues, such as arthritis, muscular rheumatism, stress, depression, etc. It blends well with Sandalwood, Lavender, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, and Rose.