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Latin Name: Vetiveria zizanioides
Part of Plant: Root
Country of Origin: Haiti
Method of Production: Hydrodiffusion

Vetiveria zizanioides, also known as Vetivert but most commonly Vetiver, is a dense, fast growing, grassy perennial that is a member of the Poaceae botanical family.  Native to India, it is now grown worldwide and has commonly been used to prevent soil erosion because of its growth potential and strong root system that is known for its deep growth.  The hydrodiffused Vetiver from Haiti is said to be the best quality Vetiver oil in the world, but it is also the most expensive.  It is much smoother and greener than the lower quality oils of other origins such as China, Indonesia and India.


Vetiver essential oil has a strong, long-lasting earthy aroma and just a little bit will go a very long way when included in an essential oil blend.  Try blending with oils like Bergamot, Tangerine, Lavender, Marjoram, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Orange, and Ylang Ylang for a calming and relaxing aroma to diffuse at the end of a long day.  It may assist with the appearance of skin when properly diluted and applied topically.  Also, try making a blend with oils like Roman Chamomile, Copaiba, and Frankincense and properly dilute in a lotion or carrier oil for a soothing massage after a long workout. 


Usage ideas:

  • Add a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser, cotton round, or a tissue.

  • Dilute to 1% in your choice of carrier oils to make a face serum or body oil.  Apply a small amount to damp skin after washing to help seal in moisture.  

  • Add 5-15 drops to 1 oz. of your choice of carrier oils to make a massage oil.

  • Mix a few drops with an unscented liquid soap or bubble bath and add to the tub when filling. 

For convenience on the go…

  • Properly dilute with your choice of carrier oils in a roller bottle.

  • Add up to a total of 15 drops of essential oils to a personal aromatic inhaler (aroma stick).



Dermal Max: 15%

If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use.  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.  Keep out of reach of children and pets.  If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center.  Do not use undiluted essential oils topically.  Possible skin sensitivity.  Do not use on broken skin.  Watch for any possible interactions or side effects.  Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention.  Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.  



This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).



Sheppard-Hanger, S. (1995). The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy


Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone

Burfield, T. (2016). Natural Aromatic Materials: Odours & Origins, Second Edition. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy


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    Heaven in a bottle

    Vetiver touches a strange place in my soul. I'm always on the hunt for good vetiver. This is by far my favorite! Sweet and funky, calming and kinda dirty. Not a hint of smokiness. Absolute heaven in a tiny bottle. I often put a drop on the collar of my pajamas to help me sleep.

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