The botanical name for is Vetiveria Zizanioides. The word "Vetiver" is from a Tamil word that means "Hatcheted up". it is also often referred to as Khas Khas Grass. This tall, scented perennial grass has a network of white roots that grow downward (2-4 meters) unlike most grasses which have a more wide-spread, shallower mat configuration. The essential oil is distilled from the roots and rootlets.
Vetiver is native to India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka but has also been cultivated in other areas such as the Philippines, Japan, West Africa and South America. The roots are mainly steam-distilled in Haiti and Java. Haiti is reputed for producing the highest quality of Vetiver essential oil.
Vetiver use dates back to the 12th century where it was actually a taxed item in India.
The cooling properties of Vetiver resulted in it's use for bringing natural freshness and cooling during the warmer summer months by weaving mats of the Vetiver roots for use in the home. The roots were also placed into earthen pots to naturally cool drinking water and keep it fresh. The grass was used in making roof thatches and Africans used the grass for making rugs, baskets, and other items for their homes.
Vetiver was used in folk medicine due to the belief that it had properties that produced abundance and is known in India as the "Oil of Tranquility".
What's so good about Vetiver?
Vetiver is commonly used to help treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, acne, anorexia and more. Because the aroma has grounding, calming, and tranquilizing properties is has been a valuable tool in relieving stress and helping to induce a good night's sleep.
Popular ways of using Vetiver essential oil:
Clyde’s Note: I recommend that you always combine your essential oil with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, coconut, avocado, etc.) when applying essential oils to the skin or adding to your bath.
Vetiver should not be used on children under the age of 6 and should be greatly diluted for children over age 6. Pregnant or nursing women should consult their health care providers before using any essential oils.
Internal use of frankincense (and other essential oils) may have toxic effects and should not be ingested without supervision of a health professional.
Always test for skin sensitivity prior to use. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose.
Not all oils are created equal, so be particular about the brand of essential oil you use.
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