Vetiver was first introduced to me eight years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s not an oil you hear a lot about, but with its smoky, sultry, warm aroma and seductive scent, it’s an oil that makes me want to sit back, relax and forget all my cares.
With its great depth and subtle layers of aroma, Vetiver reminds me of a fine wine. It has so much to offer and can be used for many different reasons. One of its lesser known qualities as an essential oil though, is its usefulness when managing stress. We’ve no doubt all heard about using oils such as Lavender, Chamomile, and Rose to de-stress. But Vetiver, for many of us, remains a bit of a mystery.
Let me enlighten you. Vetiveria zizanoides (don’t you love that name?) is a densely-tufted grass with fibrous aromatic roots native to India and Sri Lanka. Vetiver oil is steam-distilled from the roots of the plant, is thick and viscous, and amber or brown in colour. The smell is an almost indescribable blend of warm earth, smoky aromas with a sweet resinous quality.
It is the depth and earthiness of Vetiver that seemingly has the ability to nourish us, ground us, reconnect us with the earth’s energies and bring us, energised and regenerated, back to ourselves and that deep place of knowing that we each hold within.
Recommended for stress, burnout and insomnia, Vetiver, with its deeply relaxing properties, is unsurprisingly known as the “oil of tranquillity” in its native India and Sri Lanka.
Vetiver can be used alone but does combine really well with Lavender in the oil burner (my favourite way to benefit from this beautiful oil). Other good oils to combine with Vetiver would be with either Jasmine or Sandalwood.
There’s really nothing quite like the smell of Vetiver burning on a warm summer’s evening, the scent slowly meandering through the house…..
Happy de-stressing ♥
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