If there is one way to describe the exquisite virtues of Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) it would be a very grounding oil. Extracted from the root it has a very deep, smoky and earthy aroma much like Sandalwood and Patchouli. Not everyone is drawn to Vetiver at first but as it grows on you some describe it as the scent of Mother Earth.
Vetiver is a base note often used in earthy and oriental perfumes as the fixative. It blends beautifully with many oils in particular frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lemon, lavender, orange, rose and ylang ylang. It is used in skincare cosmetics and body moisturisers, room fresheners, soaps, oils and as a flavoring agent in beverages, sorbets and food stuffs.
Throughout history the roots, when dried, have been interwoven with floor matting and window coverings to give a warm fragrance and to deter insects. It is also used to thatch rooves of earthen houses and mattresses.
It is considered an emblem of vitality and has aphrodisiac qualities. Considering most sexual problems are more about the psychology of the brain than the physiology this oil has been found to help with a loss of libido and impotence. Using it in a vaporizer or diffuser with oils of ylang ylang, patchouli and orange could well bring a whole lot more fun and adventure to the bedroom!
Vetiver is considered a classic oil for exhaustion whether it is caused by physical, mental or emotional burnout. It can help soothe feelings of anger, irritability and hysteria. Due to its grounding and centering qualities it can be used with lavender, neroli and frankincense to help reduce levels of stress and tension.
It is a wonderful oil to help treat PMS or any sense of lack of purpose or not being good enough. And is known to be especially helpful during menopause due to its balancing effect on hormone secretion. Vetiver is antiseptic, an immune-stimulant, antispasmodic and is anti-parasitic. It may also help with muscular aches and pains, arthritis and rheumatism especially when blended with oils like eucalyptus, geranium and lavender.
In skincare Vetiver is considered deeply nourishing and regenerating. It is excellent to add a drop to your moisturizer for dry, dehydrated or flaky skin and wonderful to help prevent premature aging and cracked heels. Its cicatrisant properties make it excellent for treating stretch marks and toning the skin.
Vetiver is known as the oil of abundance. If you are trying to sell a home use it in a diffuser or a vaporizer with a citrus and floral oil for a positive result. If you are looking for more love, wealth and better health then make sure a daily drop of Vetiver is a part of your daily rituals!
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