This unique product, closely related to grasses like lemongrass and citronella, has stand-out features essential to tropical ways of life. One feature is root growth, which proceeds straight down rather than in typical horizontal mat-like patterns. This makes vetiver effective at preventing soil erosion. Rice farmers have planted it as a boundary around paddies and the highly technical “little green book” – an essential field guide for land developers, ecologists, and economic planners – highlights “the Vetiver System” as a leading management method for problems from soil erosion and slope stabilization to contaminated water cleanup.
Once extracted vetiver’s roots remain a life-giving product. The contained oil is remarkably cooling, leading locals to weave roots into fans, door coverings, and hanging mats that are sprinkled with water as a rural air-conditioner. Not only does this keep inhabitants cool, it also disinfects the air, lends a pleasant smell, and wards against disease-bearing insects. In emergencies vetiver can be applied to cuts to kill the region’s prolific sepsis-causing bacteria and is also a clutch remedy for sunstroke and dehydration-related inflammation.
In modern aromatherapy vetiver does not disappoint. A secret weapon for practitioners, it’s thought to cool not only the body but also emotions and nerves. It has been known to increase focus, inspire calming, increase attention, and bring about deep relaxation by releasing nervous tension. Its chemical impact on nerves leads to perceived effectiveness against hysteria, neurosis, absentmindedness, limb control issues, and ADHD. Another unique use case is breathing-related insomnia, as vetiver may help regularize healthy breathing patterns. It’s been recommended for acne, tendinitis, mental fatigue, sore feet, stiffness, and menstrual cramps. It may be effective at slowing signs of aging.
Organic vetiver essential oil from Prana Organic Plant Oils is a vital addition to your aromatherapy kit. You will absolutely love the rich and complex scent of this oil.
- Common Name: Vetiver
- Botanical Name: Vetiveria zizanioides
- Country of Origin: Haiti
- Extraction Method: Steam
- Plant Part: Root
Do not apply undiluted to the skin. If pregnant, breast feeding or under the care of a physician consult your doctor. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
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