Vetiver is native to India and is a fragrant grass closely related to lemon grass, citronella, and palmarosa. The flowers are brownish-purple.
Woven into heavy blinds and screens, the wiry, fibrous roots darken the windows of homes in the burning noon of summer. Constantly doused with water, the cool, sweet scent of their vapor turns scorching winds that dehydrate into moist and balmy breezes. Because its fragrance repels insects, women from India and Java cherish vetiver fans.
Sanskrit texts refer to its use as an unguent for anointing brides. In India, a muslin sachet of Vetiver roots is placed in the earthen pot that holds the household drinking water to keep it cool. This gives the water a distinct flavor and smell.
Growing Vetiver protects against soil erosion because the roots grow almost all downward. It’s excellent for stabilizing banks and terraces.
Indian Colosse Temple, Champ-Borne, Reunion Islands, Africa
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Botanical Name - Vetiveria zizanoides
Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled
Parts Used - Roots
Note Classification - Base
Aroma - Deep smoky, earthy-woody, with a sweet persistent undertone
Largest Producing Countries - Haiti, Java, and Reunion
Traditional Use – Vetiver oil is used as a fixative and fragrance ingredient in soaps, cosmetics, and perfumes, especially oriental types.
Properties - Antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, depurative, emmenagogue, nervine, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant (circulatory, production of red corpuscles), tonic, and vermifuge.
Benefits - Arthritis, cuts, debility, depression, insomnia, menstrual problems, moth repellent, muscular aches and pains, nervous tension, rheumatism, sprains, stiffness, and wounds.
Blends Well With - Bergamot, black pepper, cassie, clary sage, coriander, eucalyptus citriodora, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, litsea cubeba, mandarin, melissa, mimosa, oakmoss, opopanax, orange, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, violet, ylang ylang, and yuzu.
Safety Data –
is non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing.
Mount Bromo Volcano, Java, Indonesia
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