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.
- Aroma Description:
- Common Name(s): lemon verbena, lemon beebrush
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Synonyms(s) for Chrysopogon zizanioides: Anatherum muricatum, Anatherum zizanioides, Andropogon aromaticus, Andropogon muricatus, Andropogon odoratus, Andropogon zizanioides, Chamaeraphis muricata, Holcus zizanioides, Oplismenus abortivus, Phalaris zizanioides, Rhaphis muricata, Rhaphis zizanioides, Sorghum zizanioides, Vetiveria arundinacea, Vetiveria muricata, Vetiveria odorata, Vetiveria odoratissima, Vetiveria zizanioides, Vetiveria zizanioides var. genuina, Vetiveria zizanioides var. tonkinensis
- 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
Benefits & Uses
May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:
Arthritis Cuts Depression Exhaustion Insomnia Libido Menstruation : Cramp ( Dysmenorrhea ) Muscular aches and pains Muscular Inflammation Nervous Conditions / Tension Premenstrual Syndrome Rheumatism Rheumatoid Arthritis Skin : Oily Spots ( Acne ) Stress
Therapeutic Benefits of Vetiver:
Anti-arthritic Anti-depressant Anti-rheumatic Cicatrisant CNS tonic
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
Vetiver Articles or Publications:
- PubMed: Comparative study of thermal properties of bio-coal from aromatic spent with low rank sub-bituminous coals.
- PubMed: Anti-tuberculosis activity of Indian grass KHUS (Vetiveria zizanioides L. Nash).
- PubMed: Technical note: Vetiver can grow on coal fly ash without DNA damage.
- PubMed: In vitro antioxidant activity of Vetiveria Zizanioides root extract.
- PubMed: Cadmium accumulation in vetiveria zizanioides and its effects on growth, physiological and biochemical characters.
- PubMed: Comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis of volatile constituents in Thai vetiver root oils obtained by using different extraction methods.
- PubMed: Vetiver grass, Vetiveria zizanioides: a choice plant for phytoremediation of heavy metals and organic wastes.
- PubMed: Enzyme and root activities in surface-flow constructed wetlands.
- PubMed: Effects of insoluble Zn, Cd, and EDTA on the growth, activities of antioxidant enzymes and uptake of Zn and Cd in Vetiveria zizanioides.
- PubMed: Antioxidant potential of the root of Vetiveria zizanioides (L.) Nash.
- PubMed: Induction of lead-binding phytochelatins in vetiver grass [Vetiveria zizanioides (L.)].
- PubMed: EDTA enhances lead uptake and facilitates phytoremediation by vetiver grass.
- PubMed: Analysis of phytochelatin complexes in the lead tolerant vetiver grass [Vetiveria zizanioides (L.)] using liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry.
- PubMed: Growth and contaminant removal effect of several plants in constructed wetlands.
- PubMed: Phytoextraction of lead-contaminated soil using vetivergrass (Vetiveria zizanioides L.), cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica L.) and carabaograss (Paspalum conjugatum L.).
- PubMed: The use of vetiver for remediation of heavy metal soil contamination.
- PubMed: Potential of vetiver (vetiveria zizanioides (L.) Nash) for phytoremediation of petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated soils in Venezuela.
- PubMed: Enhanced uptake of As, Zn, and Cu by Vetiveria zizanioides and Zea mays using chelating agents.
- PubMed: [Comparison of nutrient removal ability between Cyperus alternifolius and Vetiveria zizanioides in constructed wetlands].
- PubMed: Phytoaccumulation of lead by sunflower (Helianthus annuus), tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum), and vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides).
- PubMed: Accumulation of heavy metals in four grasses grown on lead and zinc mine tailings.
- PubMed: Khusimol, a non-peptide ligand for vasopressin V1a receptors.