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! It smells amazing, but I’ll get to that in a minute. When we first opened the bottle, neither of us were sure what we thought (it’s has a very distinct scent); but, once we applied it, we were captivated by the mysterious scent, and found that we really, really loved it!
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 also 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, or for getting a good night’s sleep. 🙋🏻♀️
In 2001, a man by the name of Dr. Terry Friedman did some pretty amazing tests while researching several essential oils. I can’t tell you about the study itself, 🤐 so you’ll have to Google it. 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! 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 in 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.
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 olive or sweet almond oil and put one of Young Living’s roller balls on the end to make it easier to apply. After applying it, I rub some in my palms, add a little Sensation Body Lotion, rub together, cup my hands over my nose and inhale deeply. Mmmmm…..