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Veteveria zizanoides

Related to the family of fragrant grasses that also gives us Citronella and Palmarosa, Vetivert surprises with the depth and darkness of its scent, which some people love, but others find offensive. Vetivert is interesting in that its aroma and action can vary widely depending on its concentration and the oils it is blended with. Indian poets liken its scent to the smell of the first monsoon rains that rejuvenate the earth. It certainly smells earthy and acts grounding on those who walk with their heads in the clouds. In its native India the oil is used to perfume incense sticks used in Pujas. It aids concentration and heightens awareness. In Ayurveda it is mostly used for skin care preparations. In the West it is not employed in herbal medicine, but is widely used as a fixative in perfumery.

In aromatherapy it is mostly used for stress related conditions, especially for people that have lost touch with reality and are all caught up in their heads. It is the 'oil of cool', giving earthy strength to those who are in danger of nervous exhaustion or depletion. Vetivert stimulates the immune system and supports the body's stress response. It can also be used to release tension from aching muscles and helps with relaxation. In aromatherapy skin care it is used for congested skin conditions, acne and minor cuts.

Vetivert is an excellent grounding oil that protects those who do a lot of channelling and psychic work from loosing touch with reality and the more earthy aspects of life. Vetivert can be used to meditate on the laws of manifestation and prosperity. It can be used for meditation to increase awareness and aid concentration.

A dark, earthy, musty, musky, slightly sweet scent. Blends well with Palmarosa, Citronella, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Jasmine, Violet, Mimosa, Cinnamon, Star Anise, Geranium and Tuberose.