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5 Surprising Benefits of Vetiver Essential Oil for Your Body and Mind

   |  Updated: April 29, 2017 11:27 IST

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5 Surprising Benefits of Vetiver Essential Oil for Your Body and Mind
Highlights
  • Vetiver essential oil is extracted from Vetiver - a perennial grass
  • It has a distinct woody, smokey and earthy aroma
  • It is used extensively in the perfumes, cosmetics and soaps
Vetiver essential oil is famous all over the Indian Subcontinent. People may not understand it by the name of ‘vetiver’ since it is commonly known ‘khus’ or ‘khus-khus’. Essential oil is the concentrated liquid extracted from a plant that contains the volatile aroma compounds. As the name suggests, Vetiver essential oil is extracted from Vetiver - a perennial grass that is native to India. The essential oil of vetiver is extracted through steam distillation of its roots.

It has a distinct woody, smokey and earthy aroma. It is used extensively in the perfumes, cosmetics and soaps and also a flavoring agent in beverages. The aroma of vetiver essential oil has a very calming and soothing effect but that's not all. Here are five surprising benefits of vetiver essential oil you may have not known until now. 

1. Anti-inflammatory properties

Since the oil is known for its soothing and cooling effects, it helps calm all sorts of inflammation. It is specifically good at delivering relief from inflammation in both the circulatory and nervous system. It is also considered an appropriate treatment for the inflammation caused by sun stroke and dehydrated skin. Always dilute vetiver essential oil with a carrier oil like coconut oil before using on your body and skin. Just a few drops will be enough. Massage the oil into your muscles or the affected area gently and let it be.  

(Also read: 9 Amazing Rosemary Oil Benefits: From Relieving Pain to Boosting Memory​)

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 Always dilute vetiver essential oil with a carrier oil

2. Anti-septic properties

In tropical countries like India and its neighbors, microbe and bacteria multiply fast due to the favorable hot and humid conditions found in these regions. Hence, your wounds are prone to sepsis. Vetiver essential oil prevents the growth of Staphylococcus Aureus which is the bacteria responsible for causing sepsis and eliminates them. You can apply it externally as it helps heal wounds by promoting the growth of new tissues. You can even add few drops of vetiver essential oil to your bathing water.

(Also read: Healing Power of Essential Oils: Tea Tree, Jasmine and More​)

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It helps heal wounds by promoting the growth of new tissues

3. Improves Immunity

Vetiver oil is high on antioxidants and thus, helps in boosting your immune system by removing all the toxins from your body and fighting free radicals. You can benefit from the oil by directly inhaling the aromatic vapours or diffusing it into the air at home. 

(Also read: The Power of Aromatherapy: 5 Essential Oils That You Must Use​)
 
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 Vetiver oil is high on antioxidants

4. Clears acne and boosts skin health

Vetiver oil helps in clearing acne and acne marks too. It exhibits very strong anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. The acne causing bacteria do not find favorable conditions to grow in the presence of the anti-bacterial properties of vetiver essential oil. This gives freedom from frequent acne outbursts. You can mix few drops of vetiver essential oil in your face wash and use. You can even mix is with another coconut oil or jojoba oil (both are good for your skin) and apply to rejuvenate your skin cells and get soft and nourished skin. 
 
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You can mix few drops of vetiver essential oil in your face wash​

7. Calms the mind

Vetiver essential oil is known to improve the mental conditions like stress, anxiety and depression. It is a therapeutic oil that works on the seven chakras of the human body. You can diffuse it in the air or apply few drops on your wrists, chest and neck.
 
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Vetiver essential oil is a therapeutic oil

Vetiver essential oil is considered to be non-toxic and generally safe, but you must consult your doctor before you decide to use it to cure a health condition. 

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