Vetiver Oil, Some Uses

Vetiver Oil, Some Uses

Known in Sri Lanka and India as the Oil of Tranquility,” Vetiver oil (Vetivera zizanioides) has a deeply calming effect on the soul. It adds a deep, rich aromatic note to any combination.

Aromatic influences: Calming, Earthy and warming. Grounds to earth and stimulates to more vitality, cleans aura, strengthens auric shield.

Combines well with:

Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Orange, Tangerine, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Patchouli, Petitgrain bigarade, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Cassia, Geranium, Marjoram, Cardamom

Ways to use it

  • Reduces stress and tension.
  • Historically used in perfume.
  • Repels moths. Soak a few cotton balls in Vetiver and place in closet to protect clothes and linens.
  • Is good for use on mature skin that has lost elasticity and tone.
  • Helps tone muscles and nerves, and helps reduce congestion in veins as well as in the lymphatic system.
  • Has moderate microbial effects.
  • Relaxes tight muscles. It is deeply relaxing and thus valuable in massage and baths for anyone experiencing stress.
  • Use in small amounts because the scent can take over.
  • Safe for all skin types.
  • Relieve insomnia by taking a bath with 2 drops Vetiver, 4 drops Sandalwood and 1 tablespoon Jojoba. Soak for 20 – 30 minutes.
  • Relieves pain
  • Vetiver deepens spiritual connection to the earth and grounds spiritual awareness in the body.
  • Promotes restful sleep.
  • Increases physical strength
  • Tones subtle energies and is associated with Root chakra.
  • Healing to the skin
  • Can be used to treat acne and dry skin.
  • Repels insects
  • Can help treat male infertility.
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That’s a great way to get started. And have fun with it!


Here are a few recipes involving Vetiver oil. To check for more, you can click on Vetiver in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Travel Comfortably Massage

  • 5 drops Allspice
  • 5 drops Vetiver
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Caraway
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Massage formula into abdomen, chest, back, and shoulders 1 hour before travelling. (9)

Smooth Normal Skin

  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Vetiver
  • 1 tablespoon Grapeseed oil

Smooth formula over skin. Helps maintain the silkiness of normal skin. Can also use for an all over body massage. (10)

Calming Mist Spray

  • 35 drops Lemongrass
  • 25 drops Anise Seed
  • 25 drops Allspice
  • 25 drops Red Mandarin
  • 20 drops Vetiver
  • 20 drops Bergamot
  • 4 ounces pure water

Put in a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Mist room liberally when needed. Inhale the scent deeply to help you feel calm again. (9)

Insomnia Formula

  • 3 drops Clary Sage
  • 2 drops Vetiver
  • 1 drops Valerian
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 1 teaspoon Jojoba

Mix together just the essential oils and use 3 drops in the Jojoba as a massage or in a bath before going to bed. (7)

Soothe Mental Exhaustion

  • 2 drops Vetiver
  • 4 drops Neroli
  • 4 drops Rosewood
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Stroke formula into your body. (10)

Ease Rheumatism and Stiff Joints Bath

  • 2 drops Vetiver
  • 4 drops Ginger Root
  • 1 cup epsom salts

Dissolve essential oils into epsom salts and add to a warm/hot bath right before you get in. Soak for 20 – 30 minutes. (10)

1st Step Exhaustion Massage

  • 2 drops Vetiver
  • 5 drops Frankincense
  • 5 drops Bergamot
  • 8 drops Marjoram
  • 5 drops Clary Sage
  • 5 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 2 tablespoons F.C.O.

Massage formula into whole body every night. This is for exhaustion that is beyond tired. Exhaustion that keeps you awake. Don’t expect miracles overnight. It will take some time.  Once you are sleeping well, start using the following formula:

2nd Step Massage
  • 10 drops Lemon
  • 10 drops Rosemary
  • 8 drops Basil
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 tablespoons F.C.O.

Massage this formula into entire body every morning. Continue using 1st step exhaustion massage every night. Use these two massage formulas and times until your body and mind have regained their former strength and balance. (7)

Other suggestions

Here is what our RMO family members are saying about it on facebook:

  •  SB: “In massage oil or bath to relax & help induce sleep.”
  • ARL: “Keep anxiety at bay when traveling. Especially on a plane and I use it a lot on my 6 yr old son when he gets cranky.”
  • JA: “I use it on my son to help him settle, but I hate the smell so much I rarely use it. 🙂 “
  • DF: “I put a drop on my wrists. Vetiver is my favorite and I also use it in CP Soap.”

And finally,

This is an interesting oil. What do you like to use Vetiver for? Tell us in the comment section down below. We’d love to hear from you!


  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  4. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  5. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  6. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  7. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  8. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  9. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  10. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  11. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green




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Hi.  I'm wondering whether vetiver might be useful in blends designed for rosacea or varicose veins, given that it reduces congestion in veins.  Or do you recommend other oils for those purposes?  Thanks!

JCShannon moderator

@ptippins  That would be a good thing to try! On both conditions. You can also refer to my article on treating Rosacea:

I think one of the top oils for varicose veins is Cypress oil. You need to massage it in carefully, though. Put 1-2 dropsin 1/2 teaspoon carrier oil and massage it in very gently. Vetiver would be good too. I need to do an article on varicose veins, don't I! That could be some fun research. Thanks for the suggestion. JC


@JCShannon @ptippins  Thanks, JC.  I find both conditions interesting and seemingly related, though I don't know if they commonly exist together.  (I have one but not the other.)  Thanks for considering the new article!  I love reading what you find.