• Cathy Morris


Updated: Oct 24, 2021

Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetiver)

Distilled from the washed, chopped, soaked and dried roots of a tall perennial grass, Vetiveria Zizanoides, this is an earthy oil with a slightly woody aroma and a lingering sweetness. A wonderful oil for blending. From the Poaceae (Gramineae) family, vetiver is related botanically to some plants producing other favourite essential oils of mine, such as lemongrass and may chang.

It is native to Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and India, but it has been cultivated in several other countries. At the time of writing the essential oil I buy is produced in Java.

  • A grounding, deeply soothing essential oil, good for depression and insomnia and treating stress related conditions.

  • A strengthening oil for the skin making it particularly beneficial for mature skins.

  • Wonderful for muscular aches and pains and physical fatigue, especially when used in conjunction with a massage.

Fun fact - used by soap makers as a fragrance fixative and widely used in perfumes and cosmetics. Vetiver is grown in India to protect against soil erosion in the rainy season.

Vetiver Essential Oil

Blends Well With

Clary Sage



Sweet Orange





Ylang Ylang


Recipe Suggestion

Deep Sleep Blend:

4 drops Lavender

2 drops Cedarwood

2 drops Vetiver

2 drops Ylang Ylang

Mix the ingredients together with 25-30 ml of base oil and massage into the arms and upper body in the evening before going to sleep, This will soften the skin and calm your body and mind in preparation for deep sleep.

Essential Oil Safety:

  • Always read the EO safety guidance which should accompany your purchased bottle

  • Always dilute before use (seek advice for recommended quantities)

  • Avoid contact with the eyes/mucous membranes

  • Do not use if pregnant without seeking advice

  • Do not use on children younger than 5 without seeking advice

  • Use lower dilutions for children/elderly

  • Ensure pets can leave the room if diffusing essential oils (they might not like the aroma as much as you do)

  • If you have any medical conditions seek advice

  • Never ingest

  • Stop use immediately if you experience a reaction - inform your therapist and seek medical advice

  • If you are asthmatic or have any other lung condition, test your body response by smelling the caps of each oil before using to ensure the oils do not cause any sensitivity.


"Essential Oil Safety" by Robert Tisserand - E-book published by Elsevier Health Sciences

"The Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils" by Julia Lawless - Updated Edition (2014) published by Harper Thorsons

Base Formula - Vetiver Essential Oil

Get in touch if you'd like to smell any of the oils in my collection, get help with creating your own blend, or have an Aromatherapy massage, hot stone treatment or holistic facial.

Medical Disclaimer - The above information is intended for educational purposes only, and not to be taken as an endorsement or replacement for any particular medical health treatment. Please check with your health provider before embarking on any type of herbal treatment.



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