Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver Essential Oil Its Uses And What It Is

Vetiver essential oil comes from the Vetiveria zizanoides plant, also known as Vetiveria zizanioides. It is a grass which is mainly grown in Indonesia, China and Haiti. The grass is much used for its extracts by the perfume industry, and is contained in around 90% of Western perfumes. The oil has a calming effect on the mind and body, helping to reduce irritability and anger as well as hysteria. In line with this it has a good effect on stress and tension. For more on these and other applications go to the section on Vetiver Essential Oil Uses further below.


Vetiveria zizanoides is an exceptionally hardy perennial grass. The leaves of this grass can grow up to 150 centimeters in length, and their width is approximately 0.8 millimeters. The leaves grow off panicles which in turn can be up to 30 centimeters in length, and come off branches which grow up to 5 centimeters in length. The striking thing with this grass though is the roots, most grasses have a horizontally spreading mat of roots, whereas the roots of Vetiveria zizanoides grow almost straight down up to 2 meters. It can survive through frost, fire, and heavy rain, plus it does an excellent job of preventing soil erosion and moisture evaporation due to its plant formation.

Essential Oil Characteristics

The essential oil is extracted from the washed roots of the plant, good quality oils are dark amber in colour, clear in nature and has a thick viscosity. The aroma has a base note which is musty and earthy in character.


The primary constituents are vetiverone (α-vetivone and β-vetivone), vetiverol, vetivines and cadinene. Vetiver essential oil also has over 100 other lesser constituents that help yield the qualities it is known for, some of the more important ones are benzoic acid, furfurol, vetivene, vetivenyl vetivenate, terpinen-4-ol, 5-epiprezizane, khusimene, α-muurolene, khusimone, Calacorene, β-humulene, α-longipinene, γ-selinene, δ-selinene, δ-cadinene, valencene, calarene, gurjunene, α-amorphene, epizizanal, 3-epizizanol, khusimol, Iso-khusimol, valerenol and vetivazulene.

Safety Note For Vetiver Essential Oil

Generally considered a safe and gentle oil to use, no special notes.

Anti-tuberculosis activity of Indian grass KHUS (Vetiveria zizanioides L. Nash).

"Vetiveria zizanioides L. Nash (Family: Poaceae) root (intact and spent) extracts and fractions were evaluated for antimycobacterial activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H(37)Rv and H(37)Ra strains using radiometric BACTEC 460 TB system...The observed potential inhibitory characteristic not only supports the traditional medicinal uses of vetiver but also signify a promising candidature of root extract and hexane fraction of V. zizanioides as an antituberculosis agent."
Saikia D, Parveen S, Gupta VK, Luqman S.
Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Vetiver Essential Oil Uses

Vetiver essential oil has many wonderful uses. Its moniker "Oil of Tranquility" expresses much of where its principle strengths lie, it has a wonderful effect on the mind. This is an oil which is wonderful to use following a stressful day or unsettling events. It has a strongly calming and grounding effects which is excellent for aiding with stress relief amongst other things.

The Therapeutic Effects Of Vetiver Essential Oil

Cell Proliferant
Circulatory Tonic


As mentioned above the principle strengths flow with the mind and lead to its folk name "Oil of Tranquility". As such the Nervine quality is the key effect that comes through and can be enjoyed whatever you are using this oil for, with the aroma and constituents providing a deeply calming and grounding effect. The immunostimulant effect runs in line with this, as Vetiver works to reduce stress it also boosts your ability to retain wellness and improve your natural internal defences. Things which make this a great choice for anyone with a busy or challenging life.

Conditions That It Helps With

Absent mindedness
Aches And Pains

Joint Stiffness
Menstrual Cramps
Mental Fatigue
Muscular Dystrophy
Neurotic Behavior
Post-partum Depression
Skin Care
Sore Feet
Spine (Herniated Disk And Disk Deterioration)

Whilst the primarily noticeable are those which are mental and emotional; stress relief, dispelling anger and recovering from shock being among the the things it helps, there are some other great effects, some of which are relatively unique. Its ability to help heal Vitilgo, for which its Cell Proliferant property is an aid, is relatively unique as there are few things that are able to aid in overcoming the condition. Also it has been known to aid with conditions such as recovery from Coma.

Points To Note On Vetiver Essential Oil Uses

It should be remember that it is an emmenagogue, and as such avoided during pregnancy. Other than that this oil is relatively gentle, as would be expected from something that is used with a variety of skin care issues. Its slightly earthy and musty aroma leading it to be more acceptable than other options by many young men, that said it matches up with many other more floral aromas and is widely used in products orientated to ladies as such. A good point for its use is that the nervine quality comes through as an aid to clearing the mental and emotional components of skin conditions, especially with acne, thus increasing its effectiveness with such issues.

The best results come from using a high quality source of Vetiver essential oil, which is the same for all oils really. With increased quality comes increased purity, which is a major point in terms of the effectiveness of the oil. Accessing a good quality supply for essential oils is relatively easy, and you will note the benefits when you use them.