Vetiver Essential Oil Uses & Benefits

Everyone needs one or two grounding essential oils in their arsenal.  Sometimes referred to as “the oil of tranquility,” Vetiver essential oil fits that category exceptionally well.  It is thicker than many other oils, and it has a very smooth earthy, woody aroma with musty notes. Due to its thickness, you may need to use a toothpick to help it drop out of the bottle, but its powerful aroma will make up for any difficulties!


Vetiver essential oil is steam-distilled from the roots of a wildgrass, Vetiveria zizanioides, which is co-impact sourced by doTERRA from Haiti.  The labor-intensive process requires roots to mature for 16-18 months before being carefully dug out of the ground.  Five hundred bales of Vetiver produce only one gallon of essential oil. It takes a two-week long process with 5 farmers working about 15 days to complete this feat. 

doTERRA cooperates with Haitian farmers to ensure peak-season harvesting and to provide them with a stable income for support of their families and farms. doTERRA also helps to educate them in more organized growing practices from planting to pre-harvest to harvest.

Even though deforestation and erosion threaten the growing locales, this remarkable plant often thrives in difficult conditions due to its composition.  Because the root is so dense, the tangled web drives straight down in the ground, supporting the soil structure around it.

Metal-rich soils also pose no match for Vetiver, as the plant exhibits phytoremediation abilities. This means it is able to take in the unhealthy metal content and replenish the soil’s health without compromising its own integrity.   It is often used in mining areas to help to replenish soil health. 

Its three main constituents are the monoterpene carvone and the two sesquiterpenes isovalencenol, and khusimol.  The grounding properties of Vetiver come from the strong presence of the two sesquiterpenes, while carvone contains energy-boosting properties.  This makes it a powerful addition to any blend. Try it with other oils like Lavender, Lemongrass, or doTERRA blends like Serenity and Balance


Historically, Vetiver has been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a way to cool the mind, improve concentration, heal the skin, and strengthen the nervous and immune systems.  Its relaxing and balancing properties make it a great choice for calming nerves, relieving stress, and easing insomnia. Vetiver essential oil contains significant amounts of sesquiterpenes, where it finds the ability to both ground and calm.

Particularly stressful days for both adults and children can be supported by the grounding aroma of Vetiver.  Simply dilute and roll on your neck and feet in order to promote calm and ease your anxiety levels.


You may find the low-toned Vetiver scent in a wide variety of soaps, perfumes, and cosmetics as a fragrance fixative. It blends particularly well with other base note oils such as Patchouli and Sandalwood as well as with floral oils such as Lavender, Rose, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang.  

Vetiver tends to have an aroma that people either really love or dislike altogether.  If you don’t particularly care for its scent but want to experience its benefits, try blending it with a citrus or floral oil to help balance out the earthy aroma. For those who love it, it makes a great base note to add to your personal perfume blend.


A new research study supports the evidence that Vetiver essential oil can improve your cellular health and support cellular metabolism.  This means that healthy skin may benefit from the amazing composition of Vetiver essential oil. This is a great option to add to your personal care or beauty products.


Due to its ability to support the immune system, Vetiver is a great option to take with you while traveling.  Environmental threats can be high when you are unable to control your environment, so support your body both before and during travel by using Vetiver with Lemon essential oil.  It can be used internally by adding one to two drops in a veggie cap and taken with plenty of water. You can also add it to your favorite tea for protection.


Vetiver is a great option for those looking to support restful sleep and relaxation.  Roll it on your feet before bedtime or diffuse at your bedside to create a relaxing, grounding atmosphere.  Try combining it with Lavender in a diffuser for an ultimate sleep aid or adding it to an Epsom salt bath before bed to prepare for deep restful sleep.


Because of its grounding abilities, it is commonly used in massage and in yoga.  To support your body in finding a calm center, diffuse during yoga sessions with complementary oils. Or you can dilute it with your favorite carrier oil and massage with long, steady strokes.  This is a great way to prepare for a restful night’s sleep as well!

It is also a great way to enhance a good foot massage at the end of the day!


Because of its balancing and calming properties, Vetiver makes a great addition to blends for hormonal support.  Hormonal imbalances often come with unpleasant symptoms such as sleep issues, irritability, mental chatter, brain fog, anxiousness, and trouble concentrating.  If you find yourself struggling with any of these issues, creating a blend with Vetiver and other supportive, calming, and balancing oils can be a great way to help manage your symptoms and support your mind and body.  

Creating your own personal perfume is a fun option, but there are other options too. These include blends for diffusing, pillow sprays to help with sleep, and massage lotions to help with relaxation and stress management.  Another option would be making your own personal inhaler that you can use in the moments when you feel stressed and need some grounding support.  

Relaxing Inhaler Essential Oil Blend

8 drops Bergamot essential oil
6 drops Cedarwood essential oil
4 drops Lavender essential oil
1 drop Vetiver essential oil

Drop all oils onto a cotton wick and insert into the base of your inhaler tube. Hold under your nose and take 2-3 deep breaths when needed.

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