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Latin Name: Vetiveria zizanioides
Common Name: Vetiver (aka Khus, Vetivert, Khas-Khas)
Botanical Name: Vetiveria zizanioides (synonymous with Andropogon muricatus, Anatherum zizanioides, Phalaris zizanioides)
Botany: A perennial grass originating in India but also cultivated in tropical regions around the world. Vetiver has very fragrant roots that grow downward 6 to 13 feet.
History: Vetiver has a long history of use in perfumery in India. Even now it is still used widely as a fixative for many perfumes around the world.
Plant Part: Root
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Cultivation Method: Ethically farmed
Fragrance: Citrus, heavy, slightly sweet, tobacco-like, woodsy, herbaceous, earthy
Color of Oil: Golden to dark brown
Keyword: Deeply relaxing
Note: Base Note
Blends well with: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Galbanum, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavandin, Lavender, Lemongrass, Melissa, Patchouli, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang
Therapeutic Benefits - Mind: Vetiver is grounding, relaxing, comforting, revitalizing, balancing, anchoring, uplifting and warming. It dispels anger, depression, anxiety, stress, and panic. Vetiver is an aphrodisiac.
Therapeutic Benefits - Body: Vetiver is a fixative. It is beneficial to acne, arthritis, rheumatism, muscular aches, male infertility, and insomnia. Vetiver fortifies red blood cells and is an immunity stimulant.
Therapeutic Benefits - Spirit: Vetiver opens the base chakra. It is used for promoting peace, protection, tranquility, prosperity, luck, and sleep. Vetiver is used in meditation.
Chemical Constituents: khusimal, vetivenol, vetivones, zizanol
Common Adulterants: Cedrenyl acetate (synthetic or bioidentical)
Application Method: Dilute 10 drops in 1 oz carrier oil, massage oil, or lotion and apply to skin or bath. Use 4 drops in 2 cups of hot water for a steam.
Color Energy: Blue - Comforting