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The aroma of Vetiver is rich, woody, earthy and sweet.
Common Name: Vetiver
Plant Part: Root
Form: Essential Oil
Synonyms: Andropogon muricatus Retz., Anatherum zizanioides (L) H & C, Phalaris zizanioides (L), khas-khas, khus-khus, vetivert
Origin: Native to India. Vetiver is grown commercially for oil in Java, the Seychelles, Reunion, Brazil, Haiti, Japan. In the USA, Central America and some West African countries it's grown for other purposes.
Botanical Description: A densely tufted perennial grass up to 3-meter (10 ft.) high, normally developing large clumps, with a rhizome and fibrous root system containing an essential oil. The roots are very aromatic.
Method of Extraction: Essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the dried, chopped roots. The oil is amber, grayish-brown, olive-brown, dark brown viscous liquid. Yield 1 to 4.6%.
Aroma Profile: The top note is sweet and earthy. The body note is richly sweet, heavily earthy and woody. The dry out note is very tenacious.
Major Constituents: Zizanol, bicyclo vetivenol, vetivones, khusinol, khusimone, β-vetivenene
Common Adulterants: Not commonly adulterated.
Regulatory Status: 172.510. FDA 121.1163
Aroma Benefits: anchoring, relaxing, soothing
Blends Well With: Sandalwood, lavender, lavandin, jasmine, geranium, rose, patchouli, clary sage, ylang ylang, melissa, cassia, bergamot
Safety Data: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing
Directories: Essential Oils
Description: The aroma of Vetiver is rich, woody, earthy and sweet.