Name: Vetiver, Vetiveria zizanoides / Andropogon muricatus
Manufacturer: Holisticshop.co.uk - Professional quality oils
Size: 10 ml
Other information: 100% concentrated and pure
Mother Earth's warm, embracing perfume regenerates the mind, body & spirit to reconnect us with our planet's energies
About Vetiver Essential Oil: Grounding, comforting and balancing, let the earthy energies of vetiver support, relax and stabilize you if you are in any type of emotional crisis. A valuable aid after childbirth, this incomparable oil is soothing for aches and pains, regenerative to the skin - and a secret cosmetic ingredient!
Description of Aroma: Subtle and not easy to define. This earthy, heavy, musky scent is said to possess the depth of smokiness reminiscent of both myrrh and patchouli. Some compare it to a damp forest or marshy soil, others say it is comparable with tobacco or clary sage, proving once again that no two people experience a scent in exactly the same way.
Ruling Planet: None.
Note: Vetiver oil is known to be one of the thickest essential oils available, and is particularly viscous (and will tend to have the consistency of honey).
Here are a few tips to help speed up extraction of the oils:
- Roll the bottle between your palms at an upside-down angle until adequately warmed.
- Gently warm the bottle by placing it in a zip lock bag to protect the bottle, then set into a container of hot (but not boiling) water.
- Use a toothpick to dip into the thick oil and transport small amounts of oil at a time through drips.
- Use a toothpick or needle into the dropper to widen the hole.
Properties Beneficial To The Mind, Emotions And Spirit: Psychologically grounding, calming and stabilizing, yet inspiring, strengthening and uplifting, vetiver is said to connect us with the energetic life force of our planet. A source of vitality and regeneration for mind and spirit, let this oil embrace and support you if you have lost touch with the Earth or your roots, and nourish you if you have 'cold feet' are feeling overly sensitive, or have your head in the clouds.
Vetiver balances the central nervous system, is deeply relaxing and may help you cope with stress and tension, recover from emotional shock or trauma, or eliminate insomnia, as it promotes sleep. This oil may support you through the withdrawal from tranquilizers. (Always seek professional advice before stopping any medications.) It can be used to treat emotional exhaustion, anorexia, and severe nervousness; try it to settle your nerves before and exam, dental appointment or public speaking engagement.
It might be helpful for people, especially men, who are or have become insensitive, restless, or lost the connection with their inner selves. It can also be used to relieve post-partum depression due to low estrogen levels, and is useful if you feel out of balance and in need of grounding. Try this oil to cleanse and strengthen your aura - the energy field around your body - to keep healthy and free of illness. Vetiver is also considered to have aphrodisiac properties, if both people enjoy the aroma.
Of Interest: One of the thickest essential oils available, vetiver is derived from a scented grass native to India. The oil is extracted from the roots of this plant, which belongs to the same family as citronella, lemongrass and palmarosa, plus the majority of grain producing plants. It is mostly used in perfumery and cosmetics and is an excellent fixative. An interesting oil, vetiver has an unusual, hard to describe scent which can affect us differently at different times, sometimes deeply, and at others being far less tolerable. It is also known as 'the oil of tranquility', due to its calming action.
In the past this plant has been called 'moth root', due to its moth repellant properties, and Indian muslin was protected from moths and insects by sachets of powdered vetiver root. In Calcutta, where the grass is known as 'kus-kus', blinds, sunshades and awnings were made from it. In hot weather water was sprinkled on them to release the scent. In Java the root has been woven into mats and employed to thatch roofs for centuries, as it has by the natives in Haiti.
Before World War One, large quantities of dried vetiver root were exported by Java to Europe for distillation. Due to overcrowded shipping lanes Java started local distillation of the plant material, referred to locally as 'akar wangi'. The popular European perfume, 'Mousseline des Indes', contained vetiver, benzoin, sandalwood, rose and thyme.
Harvesting is quite a task. 1,000lbs of soil needs to be turned over to collect 1lb of root material, which must then be dried, cleaned and soaked in water. The oil is difficult to separate from the water, so oil yield is low. About 200lbs of root yields 1lb of oil. The older the root, the better quality of oil, which improves with age, like wine. The world's overall production of vetiver oil is between 18 - 20 tons annually. Its cost limits its use, so a synthetic substitute, vetiverylacetate, is often employed.
Properties Beneficial To The Physical Body: An interesting aspect of vetiver is that its effect resembles that of the female hormone, estrogen, making it a useful oil for balancing hormones during menopause, and for recovery after pregnancy. It has a tonic effect on the reproductive system, helps revitalize the body by fortifying the red blood corpuscles, and generally restores the body back to optimum health. Its anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant properties may relieve arthritis, rheumatism and general aches and pains.
Vetiver is believed to have a regenerative effect on the deeper layers of the skin, beneficial to aging skins and stretch marks. Its sebum balancing qualities may improve both dry and oily complexions, plus acne. Apparently this oil is, or was, a secret ingredient for breast enlargement lotions, along with geranium and ylang ylang.
Vetiver Oil Blending Suggestions: Vetiver is generally considered more pleasing in dilution, as it does tend to dominate aromatic creations. However, it does bestow an interesting earthy note to your blends and you can experiment with numerous oils, including sandalwood, orange, lemon, rosewood, verbena, violet, ylang ylang, rose, neroli, cardemon, tonka bean, tuberose, jasmine, lavender, benzoin, frankincense, galbanum, geranium, grapefruit and patchouli.
Alternative Suggestions For Use: This oil is reputed to be an effective moth repellent for clothes.
Essential Safety Precautions: Generally considered a safe oil. Use with caution during pregnancy.
Do not use essential oils undiluted or take internally without the guidance of a qualified practitioner. The information contained here is for general interest and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment.
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We take great pride in the quality of our essential oil range.
Originally the Holisticshop range of essential oils went under the name of Windflowers. This company was founded by a qualified aromatherapist, selling high quality oils to shops and aromatherapists throughout UK and the world. In 2003 the opportunity came up for Holisticshop to buy Windflowers, which we did. This acquisition has meant that since this time Holisticshop customers have been able to buy high quality oils at the price professional aromatherapists would expect to pay.
Lower quality oils are available on the market but we continue to pick the best quality source for every oil. For example our lavender oil is "High Alpine" lavender from Mount Ventoux in the Pyrennes and the ylang ylang is the "complete" oil, not the ylang ylang II or III which come from a different stage in the distillation process. In the current climate essential oil prices on the open market have risen quite dramatically and some sellers are cutting quality. We have maintained quality, bought well and kept as competitive as always.
We do not buy anonymous drums of essential oils on the open market and we do not redistill lower quality oils to remake a “scientifically” higher grade oil that does not smell great (this happens sometimes with ylang ylang). We know the country and the growers of all our oils. Please be assured by the care we take with making sure our oils are great quality. You will smell the difference.
* They are non-adulterated and are as produced at the still
* We specify the country of origin for each oil
* Each oil has been independently tested by French chemist
* Our essential oils are not blended unless we say specifically say so
* No middlemen - straight from soil to bottle
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