Vetivert essential oil is derived from the complex white root system of a bunchgrass used in India and Sri Lanka for the creation of woven matting. It is commonly called Khus or Vetiver (without the end “t”). Sometimes referred to as Chrysopogon zizanioides. It is closely related to Sorghum.
It might have originated in India but now the main growing areas of it for cultivation are Haiti, Reunion Island, Java in Indonesia and still, of course, India and Sri Lanka.
Reported Attributes of Vetivert Essential Oil:-
Traditional and Emotional uses reportedly include:-
Deeply relaxing and comforting. It is also used as a base note in perfumery and aromatherapy applications. It is considered by many to have a masculine scent and is the chief component in many perfumes designed for men. It is antiseptic so is much used in creams and gels to treat acne and similar skin conditions.
Vetivert Essential Oil Blends Well With:-
Cedarwood, Chamomile, Frankincense, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Vanilla, and Ylang Ylang.
In India and Sri Lanka, Vetivert essential oil is known as the oil of tranquility. This is directly applicable to its common applications as a relaxing and comforting oil. It is used to ward off insects as a repellent but recent studies show that an extract from the grass is quite effective as such but the grass itself in nigh on useless as a repellent.
May cause some photosensitive issues in some.