Ingredient Spotlight: Vetiver

Ingredient Spotlight: Vetiver
Vetiver, essential oil label, aromatic plant Vector illustrationScientific Name: Vetiveria Zizanoides
Scent: Pleasant, mild, earthy, woody, smoky, and musky
FYI: Vetiver is a tall perrenial grass (that kind of explains the scent, doesn’t it?) native to India
Color of the Oil: Amber brown and rather thick
How They Get An Oil Out of Grass: Via steam distillation of its roots
Plant Constituents: Alpha vetivone, benzoic acid, beta vetivone, furfurol, vetiverol, vetivene and vetivenyl vetivenate
Skin Benefits of Vetiver:
  • Antioxidant, which means it helps prevent cell damage from oxidation (i.e. the development of free radicals which damage cells) and is a powerful anti-inflammatory.  This results in slower aging and healthy skin. A study in 2005 at Clemonson University showed vetiver oil was better at killing free radicals compared to butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and alpha-tocopherol.
  • Cicatrisant, which means it promotes skin tissue and cell regeneration. The result is an increase in the ability to heal scars and remove dark spots.
  • Antiseptic, so it kills bacteria and helps prevent infection.
Our Products that Contain Vetiver:
Skin Tip: Because of vetiver’s natural healing benefits, we put it in products that people with “troubled” skin (i.e. acne, rosascia, psoriasis) find helpful.
Knowing This Could Help You Win Jeopardy!: The dried grass and the roots of Vetiver are often used in homes during the summer in countries like India during the hot summer because it helps to cool and scent the room and keeps insects away.
Stay natural,


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

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