(Vetiveria zizanoides L. Nash)

Psycho-emotional Qualities and Indications

  • Aids withdrawal from drugs (especially from tranquillisers)
  • Balances central nervous system
  • Confusion and indecision
  • Debility
  • Drug withdrawal (requires professional support)
  • Eases anxiety
  • Eases depression / low mood
  • “Grounding” / “earthing”
  • Hyperactivity
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Impatience / irritability / intolerance
  • Insomnia
  • Mental exhaustion
  • Nervous system sedative / Nervous tension
  • Panic attacks
  • Pre-menstrual tension (PMT), menopausal symptoms
  • Sedative
  • Stress and stress related conditions
  • Tranquilliser

Safety Information

Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitising.  Do not take orally / ingest.

Background ‘droplet’

Vetivert is native to India, and is cultivated throughout the tropical regions of the world.  It is a perennial grass, with tall stems and long, thin, rigid leaves, which grow in clumps, with deep roots, and brownish-purple flowers.

The essential oil is steam distilled from the washed, dried, and chopped roots and rootlets, and is deep brown-red in appearance.

Its scent is sweet, complex, earthy, burnt-smoky-woody to rich, heavy or deep woody-earthy, balsamic.

Vetivert is immune stimulating, and added to vegetable oil, non-perfumed cream or lotion, is excellent for mature, inflamed, dry or oily skin.

It is also anti-fungal.

Vetivert aids withdrawal from tranquillisers, eases anxiety and depression, balances the nervous system, calms impatience, eases insomnia and panic attacks, among many other wonderful qualities.

Energetic qualities 

Earth, Water.  Yin

You will find deeper detail about this essential oil in Heathers bestselling books Healing with Essential Oils, Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation, and Essential Oils for the Whole Body