Yoga & Wellness

Scares the stress away–vetiver oil

Vetiver oil has been used in traditional medicine in South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Africa for thousands of years. It’s native to India, and both its leaves and roots have wonderful uses. Vetiver is known as a sacred herb valued because of its uplifting, soothing, healing and protective properties. It’s a natural body cooler – making it extremely popular in tropical countries.

Bali Pocket 015 February_page88_image101Some of the vetiver oil uses include treating heat strokes, joint disorders and skin problems. Using vetiver oil is also a way to boost energy levels when you’re exhausted. In addition, it’s used to cool the body during very high temperatures and soothe feelings of anxiety and nervousness. There are a number of vetiver oil benefits that you can take advantage of in the comfort of your home; the essential oil is perfect for skin care prod- ucts and relaxing oil combinations.

Vetiver grass can grow up to five feet high; the stems are tall, and the leaves are long and thin. The oil is amber-brown in colour, and it’s described as a sweet, woody and smoky fragrance. Similar to patchouli oil and sandalwood essential oil, the odour of vetiver develops and improves with ageing, and the scent varies depending on the plant’s lo- cation. Vetiver oil has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years; to treat imbalances and heal health disorders like muscular aches, fevers, arthritis pain and head- aches. One interesting fact is that vetiver essential oil was used in massaging brides to sanctify them before marriage.

7 Vetiver Oil Benefits :

Proven Antioxidant

Antioxidants are substances that help prevent certain types of cell damage, especially those caused by oxidation. When certain types of oxygen molecules are allowed to travel freely in the body, they cause what’s known as oxidative damage, which is the formation of free radicals, which are very dangerous to the body’s tissues. Some bene- fits of consuming antioxidant-rich foods and herbs include slower ageing, healthy and glowing skin, reduced cancer risk, detoxification support, and longer life span.

Heals Scars and Marks on Skin

Vetiver oil is a cicatrizant, meaning it heals scars by promoting the regeneration of skin and tissue. It rejuvenates the skin and re- moves dark spots or signs of acne and pox. It’s also an anti-aging oil and effectively treats stretch marks, cracks and other skin disorders. Plus, it works as a home remedy for burn relief as well as a home remedy for acne. It is also an antiseptic, meaning that when it’s applied to living tissue or skin, it reduces the possibility of infection and kills bacteria.

Serves as an Aphrodisiac

The amazing fragrance of this oil is a good boost for triggering the sexual drive in males. It is also a possible cure against sexual prob- lems like impotence, frigidity, premature ejaculation and lack of libido Vetiver oil is not only good for raising testosterone levels in the mind; it also has gentle estrogen-like effects. It has the power to strengthen the female reproductive system and balance hormones. It also aids in treating menstrual discomforts such as fatigue, bloating, skin issues, emotional changes, breast tender- ness and cramps. By working as a sedative, vetiver oil serves as a natural remedy for PMS cramps and helps the body relax and com- bat the daunting hormonal and emotional changes.

Improves Body Function

It boosts the immune and nervous system, as it’s a natural tonic. Vetiver oil’s soothing and restorative attributes are also responsible for stimulating the immune system and supporting the nervous system.

Soothes Anxiety and Nervousness

Traditionally, vetiver oil has been used in aromatherapy for relaxation and alleviating emotional stress, panic attacks, trauma, anx- iety, insomnia, hysteria and depression. Repels termites and mosquitos The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center analysed the termite repellency of eight essential oils, including vetiver grass, cassia leaf oil, clove bud, cedarwood, eucalyptus globules, eucalyptus citrodora, lemongrass and geranium oils. Of the tested essential oils, vetiver oil proved the most ef- fective repellent because of its long-lasting activity. Another study proved that vetiver oil is able to repel and control the mosqui- to larvae that’s responsible for diseases like dengue, malaria, yellow fever and filariasis.

Helps insomnia

Put 5–10 drops of vetiver oil in your bath wa- ter; because it’s both fragrant and cooling, using it in your bath prevents overheating and helps with relaxation and insomnia. To benefit your mind and mood, diffuse 3 to 5 drops of vetiver oil or place 1 or 2 drops on your wrists, chest and neck.■

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