Vetiver Essential Oil (Chrysopogon zizanioides)


Vetiver may also be referred to as lemon verbena, lemon beebrush. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the root.


Vetiver oil comes from the roots of the Chrysopogon zizanioides (Vetiveria zizanioides) plant. It smells woody, smoky, earthy, herbaceous and spicy.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Earthy Herbaceous Spicy Woody

  • Common Name(s): lemon verbena, lemon beebrush
  • Botanical Family: Poaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Chrysopogon
  • Major Compounds: Khusimol, Vetiselinenol, Cyclocopancamphan-12-ol, a-Cadinol, a-Vetivone, B-Vetivenene
  • Perfumery Note: Base
  • Consistency: Thick
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Bold
  • Color: Golden/Dark Brown
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Root
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Vetiver:

Tisser and and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 15% for Vetiver Essential Oil.

Safety Precautions for Vetiver:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read there commended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisser and and Rodney Young.

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities

Energetics and Chakras Qualites of Vetiver:

1st Chakra - Survival and Support


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