Herbs — Vetiver

Family name: Poaceae, Gramineae (Grass Family)
Botanical name: Vetiveria Zizanoides
Parts used: The roots
Extraction: Steam distillation of the washed, dried and chopped roots, rhizomes and rootlets
Taste: Sweet, bitter
Aroma: Sweet & warm, rich & resinous, slightly woody & smoky
Perfumery status: A base note of medium intensity and excellent persistence

General Description
A tall, tufted, perennial, scented grass, with a straight stem, long narrow leaves and an abundant complex lacework of underground white rootlets.


Distribution
Native to south India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Also cultivated in the Philippines, the Comoro Island, Japan, West Africa and South America.


Herbal & Folk tradition
The rootlets have been used in the East for their fine fragrance since antiquity. They are used by the locals to protect domestic animals from vermin, and the fibers of the grass are woven into aromatic matting. It is grown in India to protect against soil erosion during the tropical rainy season. In India and Sri Lanka, the essence is known as “the oil of tranquility”.


Characteristics
A dark brown, olive or amber viscous liquid. Blends well with sandalwood, rose, violet, jasmine, patchouli, oakmoss, lavender, clary sage, mimosa, cassie and ylang-ylang.


Properties
Antiseptic, arthritis, nervousness, insomnia, rheumatism, stress, disconnection, anorexia, postpartum depression, aging skin, tired skin, deeply relaxing, insect repellent.


Safety data
Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing
Maximum dermal use 15%.

USED IN PRODUCTS:
Outdoor No 1. – Ground level