Native to India, and cultivated throughout the tropical regions of the world, vetvert 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 tranquilizers, eases anxiety and depression, balances the nervous system, calms impatience, eases insomnia and panic attacks, among many other wonderful qualities.