Vetiver essential oil has some very surprising uses. This oil has been scientifically proven to treat some conditions which have had to be treated with medications in the past. I was so pleased to find out about this essential oil. Natural remedies are preferable to unnatural, chemical medications, as far as I’m concerned.
Vetiver essential oil has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, aphrodisiac, nervine, cicatrisant, vulnerary and tonic properties. I’m sure you will be as surprised as I was by how beneficial vetiver EO is.
1. Cool Down
Use vetiver EO to cool down your body on hot summer days. It can even help prevent heat stroke. Add 5 to 10 drops of vetiver oil to a tepid bath and take a 15- to 30-minute soak. If you are away from home or are unable to take a bath, put 3 to 5 drops of vetiver oil into a bowl of tepid water and splash it on your face and body. You can also soak a washcloth or small towel in the vetiver oil water, wring it out, dab it on your face and body then lay it over your forehead. Vetiver aromatherapy can also help.
2. Reduce a Fever
Use the vetiver essential oil to lower your fever. Put 3 to 5 drops of vetiver oil in your diffuser and run it for 30 to 60 minutes. You can do this off and on throughout the day and night. Try taking 5 deep inhales from the diffuser when you first turn it on to get the beneficial properties into your sinuses. They will absorb into your system through the sinuses and throat.
Vetiver oil is rather thick to begin with and gets thicker as it ages. It can clog some diffusers. To avoid this, mix vetiver with 2 to 3 drops of peppermint EO or lavender EO then put 3 to 5 drops of the essential oil blend into your diffuser. Peppermint and lavender are also excellent for reducing a fever. A vetiver oil bath or a cloth with vetiver oil water can also be used for this purpose. You can add the peppermint and lavender oils to your bowl of water or bathwater, too.
3. Alleviate Arthritis Pain
Mix vetiver oil into a carrier oil and massage it into painful joints. Start out with 1 to 2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil. You can increase the amount of vetiver oil to as much as 25% or 1/4 teaspoon per 3/4 teaspoon of carrier oil for better pain relief, if necessary. You shouldn’t use it at this strength for more than 10 days at a time, though.
4. Relieve Muscle Aches
Massage the vetiver essential oil/carrier oil blend into sore, achy muscles for fast relief. Use the lower dose at first. If you need something stronger, gradually increase the amount of vetiver oil. You can use any carrier oil you like. Argan, jojoba, sweet almond and coconut oil all work really well for muscle rubs. I prefer to use 1 teaspoon of coconut oil with a few drops of argan oil as my basic carrier oil. The argan oil just seems to help the coconut oil (can also be taken internally as a pill) and essential oil absorb into my skin more quickly.
Vetiver is also called khus (vetiver) or ruh khus (wild vetiver).
5. Get Rid of Headaches
Practice vetiver oil aromatherapy to get rid of a headache. It is especially wonderful for getting rid of stress headaches. Put 3 to 5 drops into your diffuser and run it for 30 to 60 minutes. Your vetiver/peppermint/lavender blend is ideal for this use, too. Take 5 deep inhales through your nose to get the beneficial properties working more quickly. You can also place a drop of vetiver oil/carrier oil blend on your temples with your fingertips for relief.
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6. Relieve Anxiety
Rub your vetiver/carrier oil blend in your hands then cup your hands over your nose and take a few deep breaths when you feel anxious. It will quickly calm you. Massage the oil blend into your shoulders and lower back to calm yourself. Try blending vetiver oil with a few drops of clary sage essential oil and a few drops of ylang ylang or lavender then mixing 2 to 3 drops of that with a teaspoon of carrier oil for an anxiety quelling blend.
You can also blend the vetiver with clary sage and ylang ylang or lavender then add 3 to 5 drops of the essential oil blend to your diffuser for an anxiety-relieving aromatherapy session. You should generally run your diffuser for only 30 to 60 minutes at a time.
7. Alleviate Nervous Tension
Use the vetiver/clary sage/ylang ylang or lavender with carrier oil blend to relieve nervous tension. Just rub a few drops of the blend into the back of your neck, shoulders, throat and chest. Your nervous tension will melt away.
*Put a drop of vetiver essential oil on your skin in an inconspicuous area and wait a few hours to test for sensitivity.*
8. Improve the Nervous System
Give your nervous system a nice boost with vetiver essential oil. Add a few drops to a teaspoon of a carrier oil or your favorite unscented lotion and massage it into your chest, throat, abdomen and back. You can also use your nervous-tension-relief essential oil blend for this. Vetiver, clary sage, ylang ylang and lavender are all wonderful oils for the nervous system and neurological health.
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9. Boost the Immune System
Use vetiver oil to give your immune system a boost. Practice aromatherapy or use your vetiver/carrier