| Lindsay Becker

Unveiling the Versatility of Vetiver…

In the realm of natural remedies and holistic wellness, few ingredients possess the multifaceted benefits and rich history of Vetiver. Derived from the roots of a perennial grass vetiveria zizanioides,  or ‘Khus” it is native to India, but can be found in warmer climates such as Africa and Asia, and is hailed for its deep, earthy scent and therapeutic qualities.  

The oil, extracted through steam distillation of the plant’s roots when they are around two years old, has been a mainstay in traditional medicine and holistic wellness practices.


A bit of history…

The use of Vetiver began as early as 1000 BC when it was revered for its aromatic properties and employed in traditional medicine and religious ceremonies.

The ancient Egyptians recognised its value, using it in embalming rituals and cosmetics. As trade routes expanded, Vetiver spread its aromatic influence across continents. It became integral to cultural practices in Southeast Asia and is known as the ‘Oil of Tranquillity’ in countries such as Indonesia and Sri Lanka. In China, it was esteemed for its medicinal properties, believed to alleviate stress and enhance well-being.


Best use

Vetiver was traditionally used for its cooling properties and today is renowned for its sedative properties, making it an excellent natural remedy for sleep disorders such as insomnia. Its grounding scent helps to regulate sleep patterns and promotes a more restful night.


Due to its calming nature, Vetiver also works well to help combat stress, working to soothe the nervous system, reducing feelings of restlessness, instead bringing a sense of relaxation. It can be used as a massage oil, or in the bath to help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. It can also be used on pulse points throughout the day to maintain a calmer and more focused disposition.

As well as the mind, the benefits of Vetiver extend to the body and is used in aromatherapy as an aid in helping to relieve symptoms of muscle pain, arthritis, and rheumatism, with a view to improving stiffness and discomfort.


In skincare, the oil is known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and is used to help a variety of skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis. Vetiver is also believed to aid in rejuvenating the scalp, helping to reduce dandruff and strengthen the hair follicles, promoting healthier, more lustrous hair.


Botanical notes

A complex scent, Vetiver has an earthy woody undertone, with hints of leather and smoke and a more green, lemony top note. Used widely in perfumery and especially in colognes, it works well with other oils in the same family, such as Sandalwood and Patchouli. 


Found in our signature Island range, we blend Vetiver with Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Black Pepper and Cypress. The result is a calming and uplifting scent to transport you to a place of tranquillity - the Isle of Wight! 

You’ll find this combination in our range of our most popular products and in our new Revitalising Botanical Body Wash, plus, something new coming very soon!