Common Name: Vetivert
Latin Binomial: Veriveria zizanoides
Family: Poaceae or Gramineae
Other Common Names: Vetiver
Production Method: steam-distilled
Countries of Origin: Haiti
Description of Oil: dark brown,olive or amber viscous oil, deep smoky,earthy, woody odor
Description of Plant: A tall, tufted, perennial, scented grass.
History, Folklore and Myth: In Sri Lanka, it is known as Oil of Tranquility. In India, the roots are woven into mats, screens, and fans to scent homes. A drink can be made from the fresh rhizomes and is taken as a stimulant tonic.
Properties and Uses: antiseptic, nervine, sedative, mild rubefacient, tonic
Precautions and Contraindications: non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitising
Vetiver is used topically for relieving stress, as well as for emotional traumas and shock, lice, and repelling insects. It is also used for arthritis, stings, and burns. Vetiver is sometimes inhaled as aromatherapy for nervousness, insomnia, and joint and muscle pain.