Quieting the Mind with Vetiver

The first time I ever used Vetiver was when I ordered it for one of my daughters who struggled with sensory overload. She wound up loving it…and so did I! It smells amazing, but I’ll get to that in a minute. When we first opened the bottle, neither of us were super impressed with the scent (it has a very strong, distinctly earthy scent).

But, once we applied it, we were captivated by the mysterious aroma, and found that we really, really loved it! It’s just super intense if you smell it straight from the bottle.

Vetiver is a very dark and viscous (thick and syrupy) essential oil. The aroma is earthy, sweet, and full of life! It reminds me of an early morning walk through a lush green forest filled with damp grasses, ferns, and wild herbs. 🌿

It has a calming and soothing effect on those wanting to quiet an overactive, exhausted, or stressed out life. 🙋🏻‍♀️ It is also said to be a good choice in helping to better manage irritability, anxious moods, or for getting a good night’s sleep. 

At the time, while researching essential oils commonly used for helping children with….behavioral challenges 🤡… vetiver kept coming up. Vetiver oil (along with several other choice oils) is making a huge difference in the lives of multitudes of children (and their parents).

In 2001, a man by the name of Dr. Terry Friedman performed some pretty jaw dropping tests while researching several essential oils. I can’t tell you about the study, so you’ll have to Google it yourself. 🤐 Vetiver, Cedarwood, and Lavender for the win (in that order)! His study was published in the American Medical Association Journal.

Vetiver supports normal function of the circulatory system and can help relieve occasional joint stiffness and muscle cramping.  Treat yourself by massaging Vetiver into overworked muscles. I love adding a drop to my moisturizer because It’s great for skin too!

Interesting side note: Vetiver used to be diffused in mental health hospitals. No idea why…patients must have liked the scent. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Remember the old “Calgon, take me away” commercial from the 70’s? That lady didn’t need a bubble bath; she needed Vetiver! Maybe it’s because I’m a bit of an introvert, but I can go on overload when I’m around crowds for too long. I also have the same reaction to loud or chaotic music or noise. Vetiver’s my jam!

So, when I feel overwhelmed or overstimulated I apply a little vetiver to my temples, forehead, and brain stem. Then I inhale what remains on my hands. I love the relaxing result!

How to Use: Since Vetiver is so thick, and because I usually only use it topically, I go ahead and dilute it with a little jojoba or sweet almond oil and put one of Young Living’s roller balls on the end to make it easier to apply. I also rub a little of the fatty oil around the rim, so it does’t stick from Vetiver’s viscosity.

After applying it, I rub some in my palms, add a little Sensation Body Lotion, rub together, cup my hands over my nose, inhale deeply, and fall into bed. Mmmmm…..

Even if you don’t think you need Vetiver yourself, it’s a good oil to have on hand when friends come to visit! You never know who you may wind up helping! And what a great gift idea for an overwhelmed mom! Spread the love!

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By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

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