Vetiver: essential oil profile

I recently introduced a client to vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) essential oil and she immediately fell in love with the earthy, woody aroma.

Vetiver is a tall perennial scented grass native to India and Sri Lanka and has been used in perfume in India for thousands of years (Davis, 1995).

Vetiver roots

The essential oil is distilled from the roots, and it is dark brown and thick in consistency (Davis, 1995).

Known as the oil of tranquility, vetiver is a deeply relaxing oil.

I use vetiver in face oils for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is useful in treating dry, undernourished skin as well as acne (Lavabre, 1997).

I also love to diffuse vetiver at home because of its rich and lasting scent. Here’s a recipe for a favourite diffuser blend to use at home:

  • 3 drops lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
  • 2 drops clary sage (Salvia sclarea)
  • 1 drop lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 1 drop vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)


Davis, P. (1995). Aromatherapy An A – Z. Essex: C.W. Daniel Company Ltd.

Lavabre, M. (1997). Aromatherapy Workbook. Vermont: Healing Arts Press

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