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Vetiveria zizanoides Vetivert Gramineae
Vetiver is a tall, tufted, perennial, scented grass with long narrow leaves and an abundant complex lacework of underground white roots.
It is mainly cultivated in the tropics such as India, Tahiti, Java and Haiti.
Vetiver is also known as the 'oil of tranquility' because of its calming properties.
Vetiver grass was used in Calcutta for awnings, blinds and sunshades, in Java the roots were used for weaving mats and thatching huts and in Haiti the grassy parts were also used for thatching. It gave rooms an exquisite fragrance and deterred insects.
It is a popular ingredient for soaps, toiletries and perfumes and growing Vetiver grass protects against soil erosion.
Vetiver oil is extracted from the washed, chopped, dried and soaked roots and rootlets by steam distillation. The yield is 0.5%.
The main chemical components are: Benzoic, Vetiverol, Vetivone, Vetivene and Furfurol.
The therapeutic properties of Vetiver oil are: antiseptic, antispasmodic, stimulant and nervine.
Vetiver oil has a calming and soothing effect on the nervous system and could be helpful for muscular aches and pains.

Botanical Name: Vetiveria zizanoides
Country of Origin: India - Wild Crafted
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Parts Used: Cleaned and Washed rootlets
The rootlets of Vetivert have been used for their fragrance since antiquity. The parent plant is a grass, a tall perennial which originates in India. The grass grows wild in India. It also serves as a soil protecting plant since its abundant lacework of rootlets will secure the soil on mountainous slopes against excessive erosion during the torrential tropical rains.
Vetivert Oil is steamed distilled from the cleaned and washed rootlets which are dried, cut and chopped, then usually soaked in water prior to distillation. Most of the Indian Vetivert Oil is absorbed by this countries local soap and perfume industries.
This oil is amber colored to grayish brown, olive brown or dark brown viscous liquid whose odor is sweet and very heavy woody earthy, reminiscent of roots and wet soil, with a rich undertone of 'precious wood' notes.
This oil has a deep, smoky and earthy fragrance. Like the oils of patchouli and sandalwood, vetivert oil is a base note that is used as a valuable fixative in perfumes. Because of its potency it is best used in no more than one drop per 25ml of carrier oil.
Vetivert, like patchouli, is a very interesting and earthy oil. Some people can barely tolerate the smell while others are affected quiet deeply by its aroma, which can be compared to the smell of a damp forest floor.
Vetivert is often referred to as the 'oil of tranquility' and may be used as a protection against sensitivity. The oil may be applied to the solar plexus to prevent becoming a 'psychic sponge'.
Caution: Rare reports of dermatitis in hypersensitive individuals.