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Vetiver

Did you ever have one of those days when your brain was going a hundred miles an hour? On those days, we know we need to slow down, but we just keep going and our brain keeps firing thoughts. By the end of the day, we are frazzled and tired, but when we go to bed, our brain is still full of the day’s chatter, and we can’t sleep, even though we are fatigued.

At these times, I especially like to use vetiver essential oil. Vetiver is calming and soothing.

Here are some of the ways to use Vetiver:

  • Apply to feet as part of a soothing massage
  • Apply to your neck and feet to promote a calm feeling
  • Vetiver is rich in sesquiterpenes, which gives it a grounding effect
  • Vetiver has a calming, grounding effect on emotions

According to David Stewart, PhD in The Chemistry of Essential Oils that sesquiterpenes delete bad information in cellular memory and are present in almost all essential oils. Dr. Stewart further states that they are the largest group of terpenes known naturally in the plant and animal kingdom.

Sesquiterpenes are larger than monoterpenes and are very viscous (less volatile) so they are often used as fixatives in the perfume industry. Viscous oils have a longer half-life and blend well with lighter, more volatile oils.  Vetiver is a thicker essential oil.  I generally mix about ¼ part carrier oil such as avocado oil or coconut oil with ¾ parts vetiver essential oil.  This mixture is easier to drop out of the top of the bottle.  If using a roller bottle, the oil is easier to flow.

Vetiver essential oil has a woodsy smell.  For the first couple of years when I used it, I added at least 8-10 drops of orange essential oil to a 5 ml bottle of vetiver essential oil, along with the carrier oil.  You can add additional drops of orange essential oil if you wish.  The orange gives the vetiver a more floral scent.

Orange essential oil is also calming and soothing, so the two work beautifully together.  The two oils combined make a prefect blend. At nighttime, apply 1-4 drops of the vetiver mixture on the bottle of each foot prior to retiring.  I never use vetiver essential oil in the daytime, but I do use it most nights.

Shirleen Sando is a Biblical Health Educator and an essential oil enthusiasts (member # 1220898).

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