|Commercial name||Vetiver oil|
|Botanical name||Vetiveria zizanioides (L.) Nash.|
|Harvesting period||J F M A M J J A S O N D|
Originally native to India and Indonesia, vetiver grows wild in all tropical and subtropical latitudes. Vetiver is an herbaceous, perennial, bushy plant that can grow up to two meters tall. Its long, rigid, narrow leaves. Vetiver is most closely related to Sorghum but shares many morphological characteristics with other fragrant grasses, such as lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), citronella (Cymbopogon nardus, C. winterianus), and palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii).
The name vetiver first appeared in France in the 19th century. It comes from the Tamil vettiveru, from vetti, meaning “pull out” and ver meaning “root”, thus translating as “dug up roots” or “unearthed roots.” In many Indian states, it is also known as Cus-Cus, Khus-Khus, or Khas-Khas. Vetiver is also written “vetyver”. Vetiver scent was very popular in ancient India, when Indian brides-to-be were given an ointment made from vetiver roots. The stems and leaves were used as thatch to roof houses, or were braided into mats.
Vetiver roots are the source of the precious woody, earthy smell that is characteristic of the plant. They also play an ecological role in preventing soil erosion caused by flooding and runoff of rainwater.
Indonesia, India and Haiti are the main producers of the essential oil. Javanese vetiver is characterized by its strong smoky notes.
|Method of extraction||Hydrodistillation|
|Appearance||Amber brown to reddish brown viscous liquid|
|Organoleptic characteristics||Woody, smoky, earthy, herbaceous and spicy|
|Strength of initial aroma||Bold|
|Main constituents||Beta-vetivenene, vetivones, khusimol|
- Speeds up eradication of scars and other skin marks
- Has antiseptic properties
- Provides relief from all types of inflammation
- Improves and maintains good nerve health
- Rejuvenates the body and helps boost immunity
- Helps heal wounds by promoting growth of new tissues
|Product description||Product specification||IFRA 48|