Botanical Name: Vetiveria zizanoides

Botanical Family: Gramineae

Vetiver Root

Method of Distillation: Steam distilledParts Distilled: Dried Root

Origin: Central America, Comoro Islands, Reunion, India, Indonesia, Haiti

Note: Base

Organoleptic: Amber to dark red-brown. Woody aroma. Sweet, earthy.

Taste: acrid, bitter

Temperature: cool

Channels Entered: Liver, Heart


  • Circulatory stimulant (venous and arterial)
  • Immuno-stimulant
  • Emmenegogue
  • Nervine
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-rheumatic
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Sedative

East Asian Medicine Actions:

  • Nourishes and invigorates the Blood
  • Clear Heat in the Blood
  • Calm the Shen
  • Regulate Liver Qi
  • Tonify the Sinews

Ayurvedic Description: Cools Pitta, grounds Vata.

Common Uses: 

  • Clear Blood Heat
  • Regulate Liver Qi stagnation
  • Relieve tension in the Sinews (especially due to Liver Qi stagnation)
  • As a topical liniment for sprains and weak muscles
  • Skin regeneration, especially for mature skin
  • Promotes sleep: apply to feet or diffuse at bedtime
  • Cools and repairs skin after sun exposure
  • Soothes skin inflammation: acne, inflamed skin, rashes
  • Grounds the emotions: calms Shen, reduces stress, anxiety, depression, settles the nerves
  • Menopause, postpartum depression, PMS

Cautions & Contraindications: None

Major Chemical Constituents: Sesquiterpenols (vetiverol)

Common Blends:

  • Vetiver, rose, patchouli, lavender: for Heat in the Blood
  • Vetiver, jasmine, coriander, carrot seed: for Blood deficiency
  • Vetiver, chamomile, helichrysum: to soothe heat in the skin following sun exposure