Organically harvested and distilled in Haiti, where it is also helping to prevent the further erosion of valuable mountain soil as a result of deforestation there. Vetiver massively roots itself 20 feet into the eath and by its nature is very grounding. They grow the vetiver in rows perpendicular to the slope, and harvest every third row and then replant, thus they can harvest for essential oil prodution, while still growing vetiver to hold down the soil. It's common now to find vetiver for this use in volcanic soils and mountainous tropical areas to prevent erosion as the roots form a lattice to hold the soil back and prevent it from being washed away.
Deep rooted love and tenacity! The grandfather of big, base, strong and muddy earth-bound strength! Vetiver is the oil you want to have with you when you need to get back to reality, or visit reality, as the case may be. If you need to touch the earth, to feel grounded, to access your inner strength, vetiver is your ticket straight down into the heart of the earth.
Vetiver roots have a long history of use; one of my favorites are the mats woven of dried vetiver, hung in windows and doors, and sprayed with water to cool and freshen the atmosphere during summer months, with the added benefit of keeping bugs away.
First of all, in 1960, when Steffan Arctander compiled this masterwork, Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, vetiver was distilled in many places, with the centre being Belgian Congo (which became Zaire and then Congo again, but we can call Kinshasa Congo to differentiate it from the other Congo, which we can call Brazzaville Congo--one of these counties is the Republic of the Congo and the other is Democratic Republic of the Congo and even if you remember which is which, the person you're talking probably probably doesn't, so including the capital in the name makes it clearer for everyone.) As I was saying, in Arctander's time, vetiver was distilled in what was then the Belgian Congo, Angola, Indonesia, Haiti, India, Malaysia, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Jamaica, Mauritius, Martinique, Brazil, and many others, so he's relucatant to make generalized remarks about vetiver and they vary according to geographical location. We shall stick with Haiti, as ours comes from Haiti. Mind you, that description also includes the Congo and Réunion oils. It can also be applied to the Indian vetiver, but at the time of writing, almost all the Indian production went to domestic soap and perfume market so it doesn't have separate description in Artcander's book.
Vetiver oil is an amber colored, to grayish brown, olive brown or dark brown viscious liquid whose odor is sweet and very heavy woody-earthy, reminscent of roots and wet soil, with a rich undertone of "precious wood" notes. Oil distilled from younger roots and some freshly distilled oil might have green potato peel or asperagus note, which is used as a flavoring.
Vetiver is used not only as a fixative and base note, but as an odor contributer in bases of fougère, chypre, modern woody-aldehydic or ambre-aldehydic bases, oriental bases, moss and wood notes, opoponax bases, rose bases, etc. It blends well with ionones, linalool, cinnamon, patchouli, sandalwood, oakmoss, lavender, clary sage, mimosa, cassie, opoponax, etc.
He lists many other uses of vetiver beside controlling soil erosion: waste water treatment, animal feed, botanical pesticide management, and as a biofuel. Super interesting information.
He goes on to list aromatherapy uses for vetiver:
Musculoskeletal system for muscular pain and arthritis
Psychological as being beneficial for stress, anxienty, insomnia and depression
Reproductive as a hormonal regulator with many indications
Skin care to strengthen the connective tissue and for fatigued skin
Tonic as a neuroendocrine restorative.
Recomended to blend with, depending on the action desired:
Black pepper, german chamomile, kunzea, spike lavender, bergamot, lime, neroli, jasmine grandiflorum, jasmine sambac, patchouli, ylang ylang, lemon, geranium and pine.
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