Chrysopogon zizanioides or more commonly known as vetiver, is a plant native to India and can grow to a maximum height of 5 feet. It is grouped in the same family of fragrant grasses such as lemongrass and is cultivated to extract oil (essential oil).
Extraction is performed through the process of steam distillation i.e. steam is induced which helps the separation of the condensed liquid, allowing easy collection.
Vetiver is characterised by its musty or earthy smell and fixative properties and thus is found to be used in many perfumes, specifically men’s cologne.
It is a versatile essential oil and has other multiple uses and benefits, keep reading to find out more about the same.
Uses and Benefits:
1. When used cosmetically or topically, it is known to have hydrating properties and can be found in moisturisers as it helps tighten the skin and protects it from harsh environmental stressors. It can also be found in conditioners, such as Satthwa’s Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner , where it replenishes collagen formation and brings back hair to life.
2. It’s most well known use would be in aromatherapy, wherein essential oils are mixed with carrier oils and put to use in massages and for inhalation. It is found Satthwa’s Good Night Essential oil and helps sedating anger, anxiety restlessness & nervousness. It even benefits people who suffer from insomnia.
3. When used medicinally, it works as a natural antioxidant that promotes relief from various types of inflammation such as that of the joints or inflammation caused by sunstroke or dehydration.
4. Studies have shown that vetiver oil has a high toxicity for ticks, when diluted with a carrier oil and applied topically it proves to be more useful when compared to products marketed specifically to get rid of ticks.
When it comes to side effects, the oil is known to be non toxic and non irritating and the only cautionary advice would be for pregnant women, as it may induce a miscarriage.
Those using the oil for managing mental health such as mood swings or inducing concentration in ADHD patients, should view it as a complementary practice in addition to the primary solution of ingesting medicines.