Vetiver essential oil – What are the healing effects of vetiver essential oil in aromatherapy?
Vetiver essential oil is extracted from washed and dried roots and rootlets of the vetiver grass by steam distillation. Vetiver yields a very low percentage of oil, but is found in huge quantities in the tropics. Moreover, this oil is moderately expensive because the older the roots, the better the oil percentage is. Therefore, older plants are sought out. It is used extensively in aromatherapy due to its strong odour and therapeutic properties. Aromatherapy makes use of concentrated essential oils such as vetiver oil derived from different parts of a plant in order to improve the physical and psychological well-being of a person.
Vetiver oil does not generally have any side-effects and is one of the safest essential oils to use. An easy method to use this oil is to add a few drops to a vaporizer or nebuliser such that micron sized oil molecules are dispersed easily into the air. These molecules can enter the bloodstream and prove to be beneficial to the body. As vetiver oil is known for its anti- inflammatory properties, it can help relieve any swelling or pain in the organs. It is also anti-spasmodic in nature, thus helping the body overcome any excessive contractions. This oil is a circulatory stimulant, fortifying blood cells that transport oxygen and nutrient to different body parts.
Vetiver oil also has cicatrisant properties, meaning it speeds up the formation of scar tissues and is thus helpful against any sort of marks on the body. The oil strengthens the central nervous system too, and is helpful in stress-related disorders.
Vetiver oil can also be massaged onto the body after being mixed with a carrier oil like almond oil or wheatgerm oil. Applying the oil externally allows it to be absorbed by the mucous membranes and given its anti-septic properties; it can protect the body from any sort of infection. This oil is used a lot in creams and deodorants, as it retards the growth of bacteria and viruses. It is also known the balance the activity of the sebaceous oil glands. Thus, it can help rejuvenate dry skin but also absorb excess oil from greasy skin. Therefore, it is effective against skin blemishes and any acne problems.
One precaution while purchasing vetiver oil is not to buy oil that is greenish in colour. Mature vetiver oil is brown in colour and is produced from roots at least 2 years old. Greenish coloured oil is made from immature roots and does not possess any healing properties.