Top 10 Vetiver Essential Oil Uses

Vetiver Essential Oil Uses

Most people are unfamiliar with vetiver, an oil derived from the roots of an Indian native grass that is said to smell somewhat like a cross between lemon and patchouli. Recorded history finds vetiver a late comer to the herbal medicine scene, with it only dating back to the 12th century, where it quickly became popular for a wide range of applications. Vetiver essential oil uses are numerous, but it’s mood grounding abilities (no doubt emphasized by the oil’s rooty roots) are amongst the most noted.

Today most essential oils uses are related to their utilization in aromatherapy, and no doubt vetiver has numerous applications in this method of use. However, topical application of the grassy oil is also becoming better known, although it should be combined with a carrier oil for some applications, such as massage, and a skin test should be conducted prior to neat application.

Recent research is shedding new light on a wide range of vetiver essential oil uses. Interestingly enough, many of the modern purposes for the oil are related to those celebrated centuries ago. Ten of the most noted uses follow, and many of them indicate that even more vetiver essential oil uses may be discovered and studied in time.

1. ADHD: Perhaps one of the most medically beneficial uses of vetiver oil has been studied recently, in children with ADHD. A study lasting for two years on children with the condition where vetiver via inhalation was used found almost overwhelming success in reducing some of the symptoms related to the condition in the children studied.

2. Aphrodisiac: Vetiver essential oil uses join many other plant oils in improving the experience in the bedroom when used in massage. Using vetiver for these benefits requires the addition of a carrier oil for safe application.

3. Calming: The mood improving qualities of vetiver are thought to help relieve negative feelings associated with both anger and hysteria, and using the oil in aromatherapy has also been suggested to be useful in relieving irritability as well. These effects may explain why vetiver essential oil uses have been documented in the treatment of ADHD, although they clearly also benefit those without the disorder as well.

4. Insomnia: One of the oldest known vetiver essential oil uses is in the treatment of insomnia, and the oil is still quite popular in this application today. The grounding and calming effects provided by the woodsy oil may contribute to this. But, since vetiver is also thought to impact the nervous system, there may be additional reasons why it’s associated with restful sleep.

5. Immunity: There are many natural substances thought to help promote healthy immunity, and no doubt the antioxidant benefits related to vetiver contribute to this notion. Diffusion and aromatherapy are likely the methods of use for immunity support, although more research will be needed to determine how vetiver compares to other plant oils in this regard.

6. Nerve Health: Most people don’t think too much about their nerves, until there is something wrong with them, that is. Whether it’s the neurological implications associated with the oil or something else altogether, vetiver essential oil uses are believed to include promoting healthy nerves throughout the body.

7. Wounds: Vetiver joins several other plant oils in an elite group of natural antiseptics that may prove valuable in the case of minor wounds, cuts, scrapes and burns in terms of helping to stave off damaging infections.

8. Tissue Healing: If there was a natural fountain of youth, no doubt it would do away with every other commercial and natural product for aging imaginable. Vetiver oil is not a magic potion, but it has been linked to undoing some of the signs of aging as it is associated with healthy tissue growth. This benefit also has implications in potentially aiding the healing of wounds as well.

9. Arthritis: Though there is little scientific research to support using vetiver diluted topically in persons with arthritis, testimonials from some users suggest that providing relief for this common condition with vetiver may be overlooked.

10. Circulation: There are many things that can contribute to poor circulation including certain health conditions, lifestyle and occupation. Vetiver essential oil uses are thought to include stimulating healthy circulation when massaged externally with a carrier oil. Though there is little evidence to support this use, the combined effects of improved circulation in conjunction with purported benefits to nerve health mean that vetiver oil may be immensely useful in people with certain conditions, such as diabetes.

Despite the known mental benefits of vetiver, it rarely is included in focus and grounding blends, perhaps because its benefits in these uses are best enjoyed with pure vetiver without the inclusion of other oils. However, it’s mood boosting applications are not overlooked entirely, and vetiver is often included in women’s blends, no doubt for the same mental well being amplifying effects.