The roots of the vetiver plant are unique in their ability to grow downward, creating a thick tangle of roots in the ground. The root of the hearty vetiver plant is the origin of Vetiver essential oil, and produces a fragrance that is earthy and strong. This aroma has been used among many perfume industries and is a notable characteristic of Vetiver essential oil. Vetiver oil is composed of multiple sesquiterpenes, allowing Vetiver oil to have a grounding effect on emotions. This grounding effect makes Vetiver oil a commonly used essential oil in massage practices and topical and aromatic uses. Vetiver essential oil can also be taken internally to support a healthy immune system.
When buying essential oils, there are two factors that are crucial to consider—potency and purity. The more potent and pure an essential oil is, the higher its effect and the greater its ability to meet individual needs.
To obtain high potency in an essential oil, the plant of the essential oil must be grown and harvested in ideal temperatures, soil, and climate. With this in mind, doTERRA created Co-impact Sourcing® initiatives to guarantee that the plants they use for their essential oils are grown in their optimal environments by skilled, local artisans. These initiatives ensure strong potency of doTERRA oils and also provide a sustainable source of income for farmers worldwide.
With a mission to provide the highest standard of pure essential oils, doTERRA submits each batch of essential oils to the CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® protocol. This protocol contains a series of strict tests that prove the purity of each batch of essential oil. When the oils are found pure, they are sold so that people around the world can receive their benefits. When individuals purchase doTERRA essential oils, they can feel confident knowing that the oils they receive are pure, potent, and of the highest quality.
Vetiver Oil Uses and Benefits
The Vetiver plant, Vetiveria zizanioides, is a member of the grass family. The grass of the plant is a vibrant green color and grows straight and vertical. Unlike other grasses, the root system of Vetiver grows down, making it ideal for helping prevent erosion and providing soil stabilization. The many roots of the plant grow in large clusters underground. doTERRA obtains Vetiver essential oil from the roots of the vetiver plant.
Chemistry of Vetiver Oil
Main Chemical Components: Carvone, isovalencenol, khusimol
The main chemical constituents of Vetiver essential oil are carvone, isovalencenol, khusimol. Both isovalencenol and khusimol are sesquiterpenes that are part of the alcohols functional group. These chemicals have grounding properties and are what make Vetiver essential oil a grounding oil. Carvone is a monoterpene that is a member of the ketones functional group. Carvone contains energizing properties that add to the beneficial chemical properties of Vetiver essential oil. To learn more about the chemical makeup of Vetiver oil or other essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog.
Oils that Blend Well with Vetiver Oil
Vetiver oil blends well with Lavender, doTERRA Serenity®, doTERRA Balance®, Sandalwood, and Lemongrass essential oils.
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