Updated: Mar 13
Vetiver essential oil is a popular oil used in Ayurvedic medicine and is known as the oil of Tranquility. Just like roots of a tree, this root provides enduring and grounding properties, making it a root chakra healer. This oil which is sourced from Haiti, also provides focus, skin renewing, and emotional balancing properties.
I'll cover all the benefits of Vetiver essential oil for physical, emotional, and spiritual health in this post!
My favorite sourcing story from doTERRA is Vetiver. doTERRA partners with local farmers in Haiti to produce this oil, which provides economic opportunity in the community. It takes 15 days to produce one gallon of oil, and the dry roots are pulled by hand from the ground. doTERRA actually pays a premium to leave the roots in the ground longer, which increases the quality oil of the oil.
Originally, the farmers didn't have clean water, and they had to send their children to walk 3 hours a day to get a gallon of water. doTERRA learned about this and made a commitment to create a clean water pipeline to them in 2014. It's so touching. Check out the video at the bottom of this post to learn more.
This earthy, viscous oil is super thick, and comes out of the bottle very slowly, unless you add a dropper top to it. Vetiver is part of the grass family, and its exotic aroma is imitated in perfumes. This oil is deeply relaxing, and is a great choice for adding a few drops in a bath or massage before bed. If you experience insomnia, this oil used on the bottoms of feet can help you relax your mind and body.
I experience this oil as being fully present in my body. It's so easy to get disconnected from our bodies in our everyday modern life. Vetiver helps you ground in the present moment, and in this way is used as a support for focus issues. This essential oil is found in doTERRA's In Tune Focus blend and Whisper Women's perfume blend.
The emotional benefits of Vetiver essential oil are the most important aspect of this oil. Known as the oil of centering and descent, this oil supports anxious feelings. It's especially supportive for the Vata dosha (which I am in Ayurveda). Vata is the air element, and it means I have a tendency to get un-grounded and in my head - which is all anxiety is, really!
Vetiver helps you become more rooted in life, and gather your energy in a centered way. When we're stressed, we feel the opposite: scattered. This oil helps to ground in the physical, as well as with our emotions and what we think. This leads to support with self-awareness and helps you get to the root of an emotional issue.
Most importantly, by being this present, Vetiver essential oil teaches you how to be with the pain, and not escape it. It helps with relief not from avoidance, but by descending deep into the core of the issue and reaching emotional catharsis. This oil will truly allow you to know your full being, shadows and all.
a- & b-vetivones
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How it smells
Sweet, woody, caramel, smoky
For ADD, ADHD, focus and concentration, apply to back of neck, along spine, and/or under nose
For learning difficulties and poor retention, apply to back of neck, and/or under nose
For PTSD, depression, and anxiety, combine with melissa and apply to back of neck, forehead and pulse points
For insomnia and irritability, apply to bottoms of feet or back of neck
For anorexia apply to back of neck or across forehead
For vitiligo, apply to affected areas of the skin
For tuburculosis, apply to feet, spine, and chest
For postpartum depression, apply to back of neck, under nose and pulse points
For stretch marks, discoloration and scars, apply to affected areas to ease skin variations
For feelings of being ungrounded, use aromatically and topically to feel rooted
For feelings of apathy, disconnectedness, scattered, stressed, ungrounded, avoiding, crisis, apply 1-3 drops on bottom of feet or base of spine, or use aromatically to feel centered, grounded, present, emotionally aware and connected
Whisper Women's blend
InTune Focus blend
Ways to Use
Learn about more ways to use Vetiver here!
Serenity Restful blend
Balance Grounding blend
How to order
If you’re already a doTERRA customer you can add it to your Loyalty Rewards Order. Not a wholesale member yet? Get Vetiver here
Be sure to enroll with an enrollment kit if you want to waive the annual $35 fee! Then add on single oils you'd like. Learn more about the kit options here.
The Essential Life Book 6th Edition
Emotions and Essential Oils 6th Edition
* Methods of use: I'm only referring to use with doTERRA essential oils. Please use at your own risk with other brands.