Plant/part: Grass/root (source : madagascar)
Latin name: Vetiveria zizanoides (l.) Staph., andropogon muricatus
Family: Poaceae (gramineae)
Extraction: Steam distillation
Aroma: Earthy, smoky aroma, which is more pleasant when diluted.
Properties: Sometimes known as vetiver. Deeply relaxing, soothing oil for the mind and body.
Its balancing effect on the central nervous system instils a more centred feeling and may be useful in helping people ease off tranquillisers. Said to cleanse the aura – the energy field around the body – and to strengthen the auric shield which can be instrumental in keeping out disease. Despite its sedative action, very helpful in cases of mental and physical exhaustion.
It revitalises the body by fortifying the red blood corpuscles crucial in transporting oxygen to all parts of the system. Increased blood flow could alleviate muscular aches and pains and said to e useful in cases of rheumatism and arthritis. Reputedly a tonic to the reproductive system and its relaxing quality seems to have some effect on tension underlying sexual problems. Generally helps to restore the body back to health, not !East through its ability to promote sleep, helpful in cases of insomnia.
Chemical constituents: Vetiverol, vitivone and vetivenes.
Blends: Blends subtly with lavender, sandalwood and jasmine, sandalwood, jasmine, patchouli, lavender, clary sage, mimosa, and ylang ylang.