What is Vetiver Essential Oil? – A Lesser Known Oil

Vetiver Essential Oil, Have You Heard of It?

HI there,

This week I decided to write about an oil called Vetiver. Since starting my blog (almost a year ago), I’ve come across a number of references and recommendations regarding this oil. Vetiver references were mostly related to emotional support. To be honest, I had never used it and really knew nothing about it. I felt it was time to do a little research.

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Last week I spent time researching Vetiver essential oil, purchased a bottle of it, used it and am now sharing what I have learned and experienced. 🙂

So, what is Vetiver essential oil?

Where does Vetiver Come From?

The botanical name for Vetiver is Chrysopogon zizanioides. It’s a perennial bunchgrass of the Poaceae family. Vetiver is native to India but has been introduced into other locations as well. It is my understanding that this plant does not grow well in very cold climates.

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Vetiver is sometimes grown as a hedge and is useful in dry land restoration to reduce soil erosion. While generating this article I found it most interesting that Vetiver is used to reduce soil erosion! It has very long roots that grow downward in the soil to depths of more than 10 feet and is very drought resistant. There are numerous reasons this plant is great for the soil…but that is another topic altogether. LOL

This grass shares some characteristics with other fragrant grasses such as lemongrass, citronella and palmarosa.

The roots of this grass are steam-distilled to produce essential oil.

What is Vetiver Good For?

During my research for this article I came across a ton of information. It was challenging to scale it down to a proper sized article. I have picked some of the most interesting tidbits that I thought you may enjoy reading about.

Alertness and Brain Function

Vetiver essential oil is known to improve alertness and brain function. If you have a task that requires you to remain alert and pay attention, this oil could help! For more information check out this study conducted in 2016.

Breathing (while sleeping)

Adding a few drops of Vetiver to a diffuser while you sleep may improve the quality of your breathing while asleep. It may even reduce snoring!


Many essential oils can be used to decrease anxiety. Vetiver appears to be one of the popular choices for use in this area. A study conducted in 2015 was very positive.


When diluted with a carrier oil and applied topically Vetiver essential oil is known to be quite effective in the prevention of tick bites that can cause Lyme disease. It is interesting to note that in a study performed in 2015, results suggest that the use of Vetiver essential oil may even be better than some commercial products that are available on the market! It is also known to be an effective treatment for lice!

ADHD/Concentration and Focus

Some people use Vetiver essential oil to help treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). More research is needed to confirm this. Studies have shown that Vetiver essential oil (and other oils) can decrease mental fatigue and improve alertness, so it makes sense that this oil may be of some benefit for individuals with ADHD as well. Vetiver helps to calm the mind and promote focus, and is an ideal oil to use when studying or concentrating on a specific task.


Vetiver is thought to protect the body’s cells and DNA from damage caused from free radicals. A study performed in 2009 showed that the oil has antioxidant properties.


Due to Vetiver’s sedative effects, it can help relax the mind allowing one to fall asleep. According to some people Vetiver is one of the top aromatherapy oils for sleep as it is known to prevent and diminish anger, anxiety, nervousness and restlessness than can keep one up at night.

Calming the Nerves

Vetiver’s ability to calm our nerves has been noted regularly. It is noted to not only help us sleep but is also useful to keep calm during the day as well. Vetiver has been traditionally used in aromatherapy for alleviating emotional stress, anxiety, panic attacks and depression.

A study conducted in 2015 focused on how this oil works neurologically. It is an interesting read and even reports that Vetiver provides effects similar to Diazepam, a pharmaceutical drug used for treating anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures and other conditions. Further investigations are needed however.


Vetiver essential oil has a soothing and cooling effect which is particularly beneficial when one suffers from arthritis, sore joints and/or muscle pain.

Many people afflicted with these conditions find great relief when they combine a few drops of Vetiver with a carrier oil and rub it into the affected area. It provides significant relief and reduces inflammation.

Bacterial Infections

Bacteria and microbes can quickly grow out of control in hot, humid climates. When an individual is wounded it is much more likely for sepsis to develop. This is why residents in these areas have used Vetiver as a traditional remedy to prevent bacterial infection and boost their immune system.

An interesting study was performed in France regarding the use of Vetiver in this area. The study notes are quite interesting to read.


The chemical components in Vetiver essential oil make it very relaxing, grounding and well suited for emotional and spiritual application. Great for meditation, prayer, and balancing the root chakra.

Historical Uses

Vetiver has been used for thousands of years. In fact, it is a holy herb that is mentioned in the sacred book of the Hindus known as the Bhagavad Gita. Very awesome!

Vetiver is used in one of the oldest healing practices in the world…Ayurveda! It uses the therapeutic properties of Vetiver in the treatment of many conditions. Among all the plant varieties, Vetiver is highly esteemed in this practice.

Ancient Chinese believed that Vetiver had very high calming powers that cool the system, energize the brain cells, stabilize emotions, and pacify hurtful thoughts…the list goes on. This oil was recommended as an aid for meditation and problems related to the mind.

The cooling property of Vetiver has been and is still used (in some very warm climates) to bring in natural freshness and coolness during hot summer seasons. Mats, roof thatches and rugs are constructed from the roots of the Vetiver plant. To cool water, roots are put in water pots. This is so interesting!

What Does Vetiver Smell Like? What Essential Oils Blend Well With It?

The aroma of Vetiver essential oil is very strong and a little goes a long way! I realized this the first time I added some to my diffuser…LOL It has an exotic, tranquil, sweet, woody, smoky fragrance, somewhat similar to Patchouli but with a twist of lemon. In India and other places it is referred to as the “oil of tranquility”. Some people have described the aroma as similar to the smell of a forest in the early morning… very earthy!

The scent is considered a base note. For more information about essential oil notes you may enjoy a recent article I have written.

Vetiver blends well with many essential oils such as: Bergamot, Geranium, Cedarwood, Ginger, Lavender, Jasmine, Lemongrass, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Angelica, Lemon, Patchouli, Orange, Sandalwood and Rose.


Vetiver essential oil has a very thick viscosity. Some people suggest blending it with other oils before adding it to your diffuser to avoid clogging the unit. I did not know this before I used it, and so far my diffuser appears to be fine. I will definitely be aware of this, as it is said that this particular oil continues to thicken as it ages. It is also said that the aroma improves with age as well! Very cool!

Did you know Vetiver is a significant component in several popular fragrances on the market? Some notable products are Vetiver by Guerlain, Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel, Miss Dior by Dior, Opium by Yves Saint Laurent and Ysatis by Givenchy.

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How to Use Vetiver

There are a variety of ways to utilize Vetiver essential oil. Using an aromatherapy diffuser to inhale the scent is one way to do it. You may like to blend Vetiver with another oil. The day I received my new bottle of Vetiver I decided to diffuse it alone. Honestly, I did not care for the scent, it was very strong! I probably used too much. I have been blending it with Lavender lately and it is quite nice. Since the scent is strong, I would recommend only using a drop or two to start.

Vetiver may also be used topically. Never apply any essential oil to your skin without diluting it with a carrier oil first. My favorite carrier oil is Jojoba but there are numerous options to use. To start using Vetiver topically it is best to begin with a small amount and increase as needed. For example, you can mix one or two drops of Vetiver to 10 drops of carrier oil. Gradually increase the oil drops as needed or desired. Use this mixture as a massage oil too!

Some people like to add Vetiver to their bath water, especially after a long hard work day. Or add to a tepid bath to cool down in the hot weather. I would recommend diluting the oil in a carrier oil before adding to the bath water.

Safety of Vetiver

In addition to the safety precautions that I list below this article I wanted to stress that Vetiver is NOT considered safe to use if you are pregnant as it has been known to cause miscarriages. It is also best to avoid using this oil if you are breast feeding.


Vetiver oil is a lesser-known essential oil, but it has some very powerful properties. More research is needed to fully understand how this oil affects the brain and the rest of the body. This is the case with most essential oils at this time. It is my opinion however, that we can conclude that Vetiver and other oils are worthy and effective due to the long-standing history of their use in traditional medicines. It will be awesome when science confirms what many of us already know though!

So, what is Vetiver Essential Oil? I hope this article has provided some interesting answers. I have learned a great deal about this amazing essential oil. My own experience over the past week confirms that this oil is very relaxing and calming. Vetiver is a lovely addition to my collection of essential oils.

I am having fun experimenting with different blends that include Vetiver. My next plan is to create some awesome skin lotion and massage oils!

Have you used the Vetiver? I would love to hear about your experience! If you have any questions or comments relating to this article please use the boxes provided below.

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I hope everyone has a great week. Take good care and stay happy and healthy!

Angela (Founder of Your Aromatherapy Store)

Essential oils are very potent. If you are currently taking any prescribed medication speak to your doctor before using essential oils. Some oils are not recommended for children. Some oils are not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing. Essential oils are considered “complementary and alternative medicines” and are not a substitute for professional medical intervention and advice. If you are experiencing severe physical or mental illness contact a medical professional. This information is meant for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.







Essential Oils Diffuser – Unique Ultrasonic Globe Diffuser, 300ml

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Educational Diffuser

I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting diffusers. Check out this awesome looking globe style essential oils diffuser! Who would have though a diffuser could be educational in addition to providing healthy clean air?


  • Unique Style: Learn about our earth with this educational diffuser. See star constellations when the diffuser is turned on.
    Multiple Mist Settings: Choose 1hr, 3hr, 6hr or Continuous. Unit will operate for 9 hours on regular continuous mode or 14 hours on intermittent mode.
  • 7 Soothing LED Lights Colors
  • Automatic Shut-Off: Diffuser will shut off when water in reservoir has finished diffusing.
  • Ultra-Quiet
  • Perfect Gift: This unique diffuser would make a great gift for almost anyone!
  • Perfect for bedroom, study, office, living room, bathroom, yoga, spa, meeting room, baby room, etc.

My Thoughts

In my opinion, almost everyone can benefit from an essential oils diffuser. The information below is from an article I wrote recently and it will explain why I believe this.

Ultrasonic Diffusers Produce Negative Ions – Is This a Good Thing?

Yes, it is a good thing!

Our bodies have a magnetic field. This field is made of negative and positive ions. In our modern world we are exposed to an overabundance of positive ions (also called “free radicals”).

Free radicals have unpaired electrons. They are highly reactive and they take electrons from our healthy cells to neutralize their own charge. This can cause cellular damage to our bodies.

Cell phones, computers, televisions, electrical equipment, some foods and pollution produce these “free radicals”.

What are we to do? How can we counteract these positive ions with negative ions? If you are lucky enough to live by an ocean, a waterfall, or even in the mountains then you have access to an abundance of negative ions in nature. Most of us are not fortunate enough to live in such an environment.

Essential Oils Diffuser – Unique Ultrasonic Globe Diffuser, 300ml Picture of a beautiful waterfall

There is something we can do to counteract these positive ions with negative ions. We can use an Ultrasonic Diffuser! This is good news! Negative ions are produced in the diffuser when the small ceramic disc vibrates the water and creates the vapor that we breathe in. Awesome!

If you choose to add essential oils to your diffuser, the ultrasonic vibrations will break the oils into tiny micro particles and disperse them in the mist as well.

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This globe diffuser is certainly unique! It has only been available on Amazon since February 2019. I love that it is a replica of our Earth. In addition to learning about the geography this diffuser shows diagrams of familiar constellations in our solar system. How cool is that?

A constellation can be defined as a group of stars that make up an imaginary outline or pattern in the night sky.

This is the only diffuser that I know of that works as an educational tool. Kids and adults will love it! I can see it being a great conversation piece!

I diffuse essential oils on a regular basis in my home. If you are new to diffusers and essential oils you may find the following list of oils and their benefits useful as a starting point in your essential oil journey!

Lavender is known to improve quality of sleep and alleviate insomnia. Many studies have shown that Lavender helps to reduce pain. I often diffuse this oil after a long stressful day of work.

Peppermint is an excellent “pick-me-up” as it improves mental focus and clarity. It is known to sooth an upset stomach and relieve headaches

Eucalyptus is used to reduce symptoms of coughs, colds, and congestion. I diffuse this regularly during cold and flu season.

Lemon is best known for its ability to rejuvenate energy, cleanse toxins from the body and purify the skin. I love the fresh uplifting scent of lemon essential oil!

Clary Sage can help alleviate stress by promoting a sense of well-being. This is one of my favourite essential oils, I use it when I am feeling a bit anxious or depressed.

The essential oils listed above are some of the common oils available on the market. They have many more benefits than I have listed here. I use them frequently. These oils can be used individually, or combine them to create your own special blends! Check the diffuser instructions to determine how many drops of essential oils you will need.

If you would like more information about blending essential oils. I have an article you may find helpful. Feel free to check it out!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. If you have any comments or questions please use the boxes provided below! I would love to hear from you. I wish you a very pleasant day!

Angela (Founder of Your Aromatherapy Store)

Essential oils are very potent. If you are currently taking any prescribed medication speak to your doctor before using essential oils. Some oils are not recommended for children. Some oils are not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing. Essential oils are considered “complementary and alternative medicines” and are not a substitute for professional medical intervention and advice. If you are experiencing severe physical or mental illness contact a medical professional. This information is meant for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.