(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, yin / Winter, yin, water

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