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INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: Vetiver!

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Also known as: Chrysopogon zizanioides, Vetiveria Zizanoides, Andropogon Muricatus, khus oil

 

Belongs to the Poaceae family, which also includes cereal grasses, bamboos and the grasses of natural grassland and cultivated lawns (turf) and pasture.

 

Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) is a tall perennial grass that is cultivated in warm regions.

Native to: Southern India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia

Also Grown In: Reunion, Haiti, Philippines, Japan, Comoro Islands, West Africa and Polynesia

 

The grass is used to thatch roofs on earthen houses and mattresses. Also used for curtains on entryways and windows to keep homes cool and detract insects. 

 

Vetiver essential oil is derived from the roots of the grass through steam distillation.  

 

The the oil produced from the fragrant root was known as “the oil of tranquility” and historically used as a perfume in India.  The scent is masculine, warm, dry, earthy, woody, leather, balsamic, and smoky. 

 

A safe oil to use regularly, being a non-irritant, non-sensitizing and non-toxic substance.

 

Behaves as an: 

-anti-inflammatory: provides relief from inflammation in both the circulatory and nervous system

-antiseptic, 

-aphrodisiac, 

-cicatrisant:  substances that speed up the eradication or disappearance of scars and other marks on the skin. Promotes growth of new tissue in the affected places which replace the dead and discolored tissues. Useful for post-delivery stretch marks, stretch marks due to weight gain or loss, after spots left by pox, and burns

-nervine: a medicine used to calm nerves 

-sedative, 

-tonic, 

-vulnerary substance (Known to possess the properties of being antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, anti-allergenic, anti-fungal)

 

vetiver essential oil keeps the metabolic system in order, rejuvenates the body, gives strength and boosts immune function.

 

Promotes the growth of new tissue due to wounds by inhibiting microbes and promoting the accumulation of leucocytes and platelets at the sight of the injury.

 

It is considered an appropriate treatment for inflammation caused by sunstroke, dehydration.  There is a very hot and dry wind during the summer months in the drier South Asian regions referred to as loo. Sunstroke and dehydration are common during this time of year and reminds me of the Santa Ana Winds, here in Southern California

 

 

Other Fun Facts:

-Stops the growth of Staphylococcus Aureus (a gram-positive coccal bacterium that is a member of the Firmicutes, and is frequently found in the respiratory tract and on the skin.) It is the bacteria responsible for causing sepsis.

-It sedates nervous irritations, afflictions, convulsions and emotional outbursts, anxiety, epileptic and hysteric attacks, restlessness and nervousness, and aids people with insomnia.

-The ORAC is a method of measuring the antioxidant capacity of different foods and supplements

-The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of Vetiver is 74,300 µTE/100g

-The ORAC score for blueberries is 4,669 µTE/100g