Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides is a relatively new essential oil to me. I commenced using it earlier this year when I discovered that I like rich, earthy smells that I previously abhorred. (Myrrh and frankincense are my supreme faves so vetiver is a sensible progression). It is sometimes called vetivert also.

Research on the web reveals that practitioners into essential oils use this for grounding and calming, and it has been documented to relieve shock. It is used as a topical for muscular relief. It is reported to have a sedative effect, although this is not a property I personally detect in the aroma of it.

The smell produced by vetiver (which comes from the root of the plant - it is a type of grass) is deep, almost pungent, and engaging. If I were to design a fragrance with my signature, vetiver would be a dominant if not the dominating note.

Mixing vetiver with sandalwood and patchouli produces an aroma that helps put me in a meditation state and can sometimes bring about trance (see my recent post about trances here).

Does anyone recommend a particularly good brand that distils a particularly rich version of vetiver?

This is my first "V" installation in the Pagan Blog Project 2012

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