MALAVARA UNCOVERED - why we use Vetiver Essential Oil and what it can do for you

MALAVARA UNCOVERED - why we use Vetiver Essential Oil and what it can do for you

Our signature Lime Vetiver fragrance blends 10 incredible essential oils to create notes that are rich with the heritage of India. Here we look in-depth at one of these - Vetiver - and discuss what it can do for you.

  • Botanical Name          Vetiveria zizanoides
  • Aroma                         Woody, rich, spicy and earthy
  • Aromatic Note            Base
  • Uses                            Calms and grounds nervous tension and stress, alleviates muscular pain and restlessness, cooling

Did you know? Used in Ayurvedic medicines for thousands of years, the Vetiver plant is regarded as a sacred herb, valued for its uplifting, soothing, healing and protective properties. In India it is known as the “oil of tranquility". The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the roots of the plant, which grow in strong, intricate systems under the earth. (Check out the dried vetiver grass in our image)

What is it used for? Therapeutically, it is often used to promote restful sleep and to calm nerves and distress.  It can be used topically to reduce acne and oily skin

Will I like it? Aromatically, the woody aroma is strong on its own and develops and improves with ageing. The high content of sesquiterpenes, the phytochemicals known for their relaxing qualities, make it unique. Emotionally and Spiritually, Vetiver is known for being calming, balancing and grounding.

How can I use it? A Grounding and Calming Bath Salt Recipe. Here is a lovely idea for a bath salt from Andrea Butje. Designed to combine the skin healing properties of jojoba and cedarwood with vetiver’s natural relaxants for a perfect way to distress at the end of the day. The quantities here make enough for one bath:

  •  2oz (56g) salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) jojoba oil
  • 3 drops cedarwood oil 
  • 2 drops vetiver oil

Place the salt in a small 60ml jar, blend the jojoba and the essential oils in a separate small bowl then add to the salt. Stir with the handle of a stainless steel spoon. Bathe, breathe, relax, enjoy!

Treat yourself! If you like this oil then head over to Malavara and check out our Lime Vetiver range!

How can I make sure I am using Essential Oils safely: an understanding of the use of Essential Oils is key. Most people will never experience a negative reaction to essential oils but it can happen and there is nothing we can do to guarantee 100% safety. We have highlighted some guidelines to follow to help minimize the risk in a separate blog here, but if you are regularly making your own blends for yourself, your family and others it is worth investing a copy of the “Essential Oil Safety” by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young for a greater understanding across 400 oils and over 200 constituents

And another thing...Vetiver Essential Oil Safety Information. Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 15% for Vetiver Essential Oil. Read Tisserand and Young's full profile (see below) on this oil for the full lowdown

 Want to know more? Have a look at these...

  • “The Heart of Aromatherapy” by my teacher and founder of the Aromahead Institute, Andrea Butje
  • “Essential Oil Safety” Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, 2nd edition 2014
  • “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy” Valerie Ann Worwood

Disclaimer: before you make any recipe, check the shelf lives of your ingredients and any safety concerns for the essential oils. These blend suggestions are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition and should be used on the understanding that Malavara accepts no responsibility for any adverse reactions caused as a result of following these recipes




Alexandra Turner, better known as Alix, is the co-founder of Malavara. Having spent 15 years working with European Luxury Goods brands, Alix's passion for wellness, aromatherapy and travel led her to India and Ayurveda. Alix lives in London and keeps busy with a day job, a toddler and our exciting Malavara journey.

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