Essential Oil of Vetiver (Andropogon muricatus)


Family: Gramineae

Origin: Wild grass found in India, Tahiti, Java and Haiti.

Plant description: A tall, tufted perennial scented grass with long narrow leaves and an abundant complex lacework of underground white roots.

Part of plant used for essential oil: Soaked roots and rootlets

Extraction method: Steam distilation

Main Chemical Constituents: benzoic acid, vetiverol, furfurol, a and b-vetivone, vetivene and vetivenyl vetivenate.

PRECAUTIONS: Considered a safe oil and is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing

PROPERTIES: antiseptic, aphrodisiac, cicatrisant, nervine, sedative, tonic and vulnerary



Circulation/Muscles/Joints: It is said to help muscular aches and pains, rheumatism and arthritis due to its ability to increase blood flow.

Immune System: Said to cleanse the aura which may ben instrumental in keeping out disease.

Nervous system: A sedative that helps settle and balance nerves. Helpful for cases of insomnia.

Mental/Emotional: A calming oil and a help for stress and tension. Useful to settle nerves and helps people who feel out of balance and need grounding. Helps with people who are highly sensitive and too open. It revitalizes the body by fortifying red blood corpuscles crucial in transporting oxygen to all parts of the system. Helps to dispel anger, hysteria, irritability and neurotic behavior.

Reproductive: A tonic to the reproductive system and has some effect on tension underlying sexual problems.

Circulation: Increased blood flow

Skin care: May have a healing effect on acne and can enhance the skin’s radiance and health.


About this essential oil:

In farming, Vetivertwas a regenerator used to prevent erosion of topsoil. It is one of the world’s most common fixatives in perfumery as it is greatly effective in binding lighter top notes to the skin.

Which Faith Aromatherapy Products can I find this oil in?


  1. The Directory of Essential Oils- Wanda Sellar



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