05 February 2018

Vetiver Essential Oil Skin and Hair Benefits

A few months ago, I went to my local supply store where I get most of my carrier oils and essential oils.  I was talking to the owner about some skin concerns, specifically eczema.  He suggested some carrier oils and then asked if I'd used vetiver essential oil.  I had not used it yet, but I had heard of it.

Vetiver Essential Oil Skin and Hair Benefits

Vetiver essential oil is used both in aromatherapy and topically for its skin and hair benefits.  I'm going to focus on it's topical use because that's how I'll be using it for the purpose of blog posts.  I plan to feature it in upcoming DIY bath and body recipes, so keep checking back for recipes.


Before we talk about vetiver essential oil and its many benefits, I want to say that I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on the Internet.  If you have questions, please talk to your doctor.  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Also, these could be affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission from sales.

Vetiver is a grass native to India.  The plant grows quickly and can live more than 50 years.  The plant is unique because it has roots that grow vertically into the ground up to 12 feet!  The essential oil comes from this vast expanse of roots.
By treesftf [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Because the roots grow down and not out, vetiver is often planted near other plants.  The leaves can be used to make baskets, mats, and ropes.  The roots can be used to make blinds, screens, and even insect repellents in addition to make the essential oil.  



Vetiver is naturally moisturizing without being too oily.  I have oily skin, but it doesn't make me oily or make my skin shiny when I use it.  


Vetiver is said to help reduce inflammation when applied topically.  It's said to be a great oil for rashes and dry skin.  Vetiver is also said to be a great oil for ezcema because it can help reduce inflammation and help dry skin heal.


Vetiver essential oil is naturally antibacterial.  That coupled with the anti-inflammatory properties make it a great addition to skin care products for acne prone skin.  It can help heal acne and prevent future breakouts.  


Due to it's ability to help cells regenerate and reduce inflammation, vetiver is an excellent oil for scars, including stretch marks.  


Vetiver is also said to help cellular turnover.  It has cicatrisants, which help boost collagen production in your skin.  It can also help reduce the appearance of age spots and fine lines.  It's said to even help skin regain firmness.  



Vetiver can help relive dandruff and flakes caused by dry skin.  It's antiseptic, so it can kill the bacteria or whatever is causing the flakes and help reduce skin inflammation.


Vetiver is said to repel some insects, including lice.  If here's a lice outbreak at your kids' school or on their sports team, try using this oil in their shampoo to repel lice.  The anti-inflammatory properties will help the scalp if there are bites from lice.


Vetiver is also used in aromatherapy, particularly in roller ball bottles, diffusers, and essential oil inhalers.  It's said to be calming, which can help reduce stress and anxiety, help with sleep issues, and even be an aphrodisiac.

It's also said to help reduce ADHD symptoms.  In a study, vetiver increased performerce in children diagnosed with ADHD by 100 percent!


I buy my vetiver essential oil from Crafty Bubbles.  I've used their essential oils for almost 15 years, and I've always been impressed with them. You can find all of their essential oils here.

I don't make a commission from them or get anything in return.  It would be nice if you could mention that you found them from my blog though.  


Vetiver is generally thought of as a safe essential oil, but it should never be used by pregnant or nursing women.  There is a risk of miscarriage, but there is not sufficient evidence supporting this.  Regardless, it's best to avoid it while pregnant.  There are not any known drug interactions, but it's best to talk to your doctor before using vetiver essential oil.  

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.