Vetiver

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Vetiver is a complex, woods aroma that is renowned for its balancing and grounding uses. It also has historically been acknowledged for its soothing and calming effects and stimulating effects on the nervous system. Don’t be confused. Yes, even with its calming and relaxing effects, others have found it to be mentally and physically rejuvenating. Vetiver can be both calming and rejuvenating to the body and mind.

Most recently, parents have found it highly effective in treating ADD or ADHD as an alternative to Ritalin and other prescription medications.

Vetiver, with its calming properties, has been known to dispel anger, hysteria and irritability. Further, even neurotic behavior stemming from stress and tension has been reduced.

Properties

Antibiotic
Antiseptic
Antimicrobial
Antioxidant

Vetiver Essential Oil Uses

Known as the oil of tranquility or “woman’s oil”, it is beneficial for anyone experiencing stress, anxiety, insomnia or depression.

It is excellent for revitalizing skin after childbirth to minimize stretchmarks. It can also help with cuts, wounds, scars, dehydrated skin as well as bruises.

Very moisturizing, it can even be used in facial blends for wrinkles.

Vetiver oil is rubefacient (meaning it’s warming and increases blood flow) and therefore superb in the treatment of general body aches and pains, bruises, rheumatism and arthritis.

Vetiver oil is able to support the body’s restorative, absorptive and anabolic functions. It is therefore useful for stimulating a poor appetite, for weight loss, in cases of anemia and malabsorption. It is also said to be helpful for a congested liver and pancreas.

Vetiver oil is a gounding and uplifting essential oil great for revitalizing the skin, relaxing the mind and relieving muscular aches and pains, treating PMS and menopausal symptoms and helping with digestive complaints.

Vetiver oil is an excellent oil to have in the house when there are women around (of any age!). Whether it is you that suffers PMS or menopausal symptoms or the person you live with, vetiver essential oil is a star in helping to regulate hormones!

It is said to regulate the secretion of estrogen and progesterone, making it very helpful during menopause. Its cooling action also helps with hot flushes and its grounding action helps to balance the emotions.

PMS can be caused by estrogen deficiency and therefore is helpful for the same reasons as menopause. Its uplifting and grounding nature can help with unbalanced emotions during the menstrual period.

Apply 3-4 drops of Vetiver to a child’s back or the bottom of their feet using a carrier oil immediately following a shower and prior to bed time. With experience combine Vetiver with a balancing, uplifting, or relaxing blend to enhance the help. The synergistic combination with a single oil such as Lavender, Ylang Ylang or Clary Sage will also be effective.

Application has also historically proven helpful through the olfactory system (inhalation). Prepare a tissue cup or inhaler to be used when anxiety or other symptoms of ADHD are felt.

Use Vetiver with a carrier oil for a sensual massage and to enjoy its aphrodisiacal properties.

Research

Dr. Terry Friedman, M.D. did a 2 year study of children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old trying to identify essential oils useful in the treatment of ADD and ADHD. Vetiver was shown to be highly successful with 100% of the subjects over a 30 day period when the children felt “scatter brained.” Dr. Friedman used an inhalation method.