23 December 2021 / Caitlin Devlin
Vetiver Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits
This exotic oil can improve focus, and is especially useful in warmer weather.
Considered a sacred herb, vetiver has been used in the traditional medicine systems of South Asia and West Africa for thousands of years.
This Indian herb is a natural body cooler and so is popular in hot climates - it has even been woven into curtains to cool and freshen hot air blowing in. These days, the herb is particularly popular as an insect repellent, and is also used to protect the body’s health, boost focus, and even set a romantic mood.
Vetiver essential oil can boost focus.
Refreshing vetiver has been found to have a positive effect on concentration and focus, particularly in young people with ADHD. A study in 2001 assessed the effects of vetiver essential oil inhalation – along with other essential oils – on children with ADHD and found that vetiver oil was able to improve academic performance by 100%. It is thought that vetiver’s relaxing and calming properties help to reduce impatience, distractedness and fidgety behaviour, allowing the mind to be still and focus on the task in hand.
Diffusing vetiver essential oil when working or studying may help to boost productivity and lead to better concentration.
It balances hormones.
It’s suggested that vetiver is able to balance both oestrogen and testosterone, positively impacting mental and physical health. Stress can displace testosterone levels, but vetiver’s calming, restful properties help it to keep testosterone balance. This can reduce sexual dysfunction and allows the oil to act as a natural aphrodisiac.
Vetiver also has the ability to balance oestrogen levels, which allows it to help manage PMS symptoms. This means that cramps, mood swings and bloating can all be reduced by the inhalation or topical application of vetiver oil.
It repels termites.
Vetiver is regarded as a useful pest repellent, particularly when it comes to termite infestations. A study in 2001 found that vetiver acted as a strong repellent to termites and was also able to significantly reduce tunnelling activity.
Vetiver can protect from other pests as well: it has also been suggested that the oil is repellent to the mosquito larvae. Mosquitoes are associated with a wide range of harmful diseases, so vetiver’s repellent properties are incredibly beneficial for our health.
It protects the body.
Not only does vetiver guard against pests, but it also protects us from threats too small to see. An oil with strong antioxidant properties, it fights the effects of toxins and free radicals in the body and guards against cell damage. A study in 2015 found that these antioxidant effects meant that vetiver was even able to lessen the toxic effects of cisplatin, a chemotherapy drug, and prevent harm caused to cells and DNA.
Cooling, relaxing vetiver isn’t just a great warm weather companion. Its many beneficial properties boost the mind and the body, strengthening both, and its aromatic scent can brighten and freshen spaces year-round.
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