Featured Ingredient: Vetiver, the Oil of Tranquility
Whether you are new to Tsi-La products or have been a loyal patron of our company since the beginning, you’ve probably read our list of key ingredients. It’s the basis for everything we make, and every ingredient has unique qualities and scent properties. Today we wanted to highlight one in particular that we love: vetiver.
Vetiver is the common name for Vetiveria zizanioides, a perennial clump grass native to India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. Its most common use is as a building material, and in agriculture to conserve water and soil and to serve as a filter. In addition, its root oil has been used in perfume as a popular aromatic ingredient for centuries.
Dating back to the 12th century, the oil of vetiver has been used to treat spiritual imbalances, arthritis pain, headaches, and other ailments, as an aid for meditation, and to cleanse new brides before their weddings.
Vetiver oil has many beneficial qualities, including anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. The natural cooling effects of the plant help to soothe irritation in the circulatory and nervous system, and can help heal blemishes and sores. The oil can also be used topically to help prevent infection.
Essential vetiver oil has a pleasant, musky smell and is associated in Hindu culture with reconnecting with the Earth. It is commonly used in masculine fragrances, and is often described as “woody” and “smoky.” It also has excellent fixative properties, and for that reason is used in most perfumes, even if it’s not the dominant fragrance.
In Sri Lanka and India, vetiver oil is known as “the oil of tranquility” due to its overall soothing properties. Its earthy aroma has led to a masculine connotation, but vetiver is incredibly versatile when paired with cool or floral scents like lavender, lime, and jasmine.
Vetiver oil is non-toxic, making it safe in many different usable states.
If you would like more information about vetiver and its essential oil, or would like to know more about how we use it in our products, contact us today.