EO of the Month
(aka Vetivert or Khus Khus)
Southern India, Himalayan mountains, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and
Indonesia. Also cultivated in Réunion Island (called “Bourbon”,
which is considered the best Vetiver), Haiti, Java and many other
Largest Producing Countries:
India, Haiti, Sri Lanka,
Plant parts used:
is called “The Oil of Tranquility” in India. “The common name for
the grass comes from its Tamil, India name,
meaning ‘Hatched up’ – a description of the way in which the roots
are collected. In Java, vetiver is called
akar wangi, or ‘fragrant
1 In India the grass is “woven into screens and blinds… in
the burning noon of summer… they are doused with water… creating a
cool, sweet scent… that turns the scorching winds that dehydrate
into moist balmy breezes.” 1
VETIVER is an excellent
insect repellent. To repel moths, put a few drops on a cotton ball
and put in a small perforated box. Place in closet, between clothes,
near wool and fur to keep moths away.
is a sweet base note that is very earthy, musty, deep, woody and
heavy. Some describe it as smelling like a damp forest floor. It is
deeply grounding and relaxing, like being cradled by Mother Earth.
Antiseptic, antispasmodic, calming, grounding, depurative
(purifier), rubefacient (locally warming), sedative (nervous
system), stimulant (circulatory, production of red corpuscles),
Mental, emotional and spiritual effects:
Because it quiets the mind, VETIVER
is useful during prayer and meditation. To quiet and focus the mind,
try it in a blend with Frankincense, Sandalwood, Bergamot and Myrrh.
The scent of VETIVER
is ” uplifting, relaxing and comforting, releasing deep fear
and tension. It cools the body and mind of excessive heat and
grounds, centers and gives individuals who tend to feel nervous,
anxious or overly sensitive, a sense of security”. 2
VETIVER is indispensible
when we encounter the Dark Night of the Soul. It “helps us to
remain calm when unsettling events affect the spiritual self and
when facing adversity. Gently, and without disturbing the creative
forces, VETIVER steadies
and calms any inner disquiet, and in the calmness may come the
answers we seek”. 3 So it is wonderful for
“regrouping and rebounding from a crisis situation… aiding
our rebirth so we can be like the phoenix rising from the ashes”.4
VETIVER is also an
aphrodisiac. Try a blend in Apricot Kernel Oil with
while being careful to avoid sensitive parts of the body. Use
VETIVER by itself for
balancing the Root Chakra.
strengthens the nervous system. It
is a mild sedative and is useful for depression, stress, anxiety,
irritability, anger, insomnia, nervousness and mental and physical
exhaustion. Eases postpartum depression, menopause and any other
low-estrogen condition. Helps with anorexia, liver congestion, and
any “hot” disorder related to inflammation such as arthritis,
muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, sprains and stiffness.
It balances sebum production, so is useful in treating
both oily and dry skin.
Acne, wounds, dry or irritated skin, oily skin, scars,
insect bites and stings. To heal wounds, add
to a blend of virgin Coconut oil, Aloe Vera juice or gel, Tea Tree,
Eucalyptus, Lavender and German or Roman Chamomile.
All citrus oils, Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena, Benzoin, Clary Sage,
Lavender, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Melissa, Black Pepper,
Coriander, Ginger, Jasmine, Patchouli, Marjoram and Rose.
is considered safe and is non-toxic, non-sensitizing and a
non-irritant, however, consult your physician before using with
children, pregnant women, or the frail elderly.
for Healing the Spirit
by Gabriel Mojay
by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
by Valerie Ann Worwood
Essential Nature: A Guidebook of Essential Oils for Energy Workers
by Nita Morrow Hill
Essential Oils Desk Reference
by Young Living Essential Oils
The Encyclopadedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless
is one of the fastest growing industries in
the new millennium, gaining wide popularity
in the United States. From scented candles
to fragrant massage oils to hydrating skin
care to scented
bath & shower products,
aromatherapy has captured the attention of
the American public.
BEWARE of products with scents that are
laboratory made! Most grocery store products are not
made of 100% pure essential oils or extracts. These
products have no healing properties at all. In fact,
they can potentially harm your health. READ THE
have both a physiological and
psychological affect. They have the
potential to detoxify and heal the
physical body, as well as release and balance thoughts and
emotions, and open pathways to higher
oils have the potential to alter bodily
processes, oxygenate the brain, and restore
normal functioning of the physical body.
Most directly affect the nervous system and
are antibacterial, and many are antiviral,
immune-supportive, and more.
And yet they also have an effect on the mind, emotions, and
spirit, which interestingly is the direct result of their ability
to physiologically change the central
nervous system and key brain centers.
is intended to primarily affect the mental, emotion
and spiritual aspects of the individual,
addressing issues such as healthy
lifestyle, stress relief,
promoting relaxation, mental focus
meditation and exploring
higher states of consciousness, however,
physical bodily systems are also affected. Only essential oils of
the purest, highest frequency can be used
and these 100% pure essential oils are called
THERAPEUTIC-GRADE essential oils.
a fragrance washes over you and suddenly you
back in time to a treasured moment from long
ago.... That is the beauty, the essence, the
miracle of subtle aromatherapy.
Organic aromas such as freshly baked bread,
a newly mown lawn, the salty sea, or the
sweet smell of the earth after a rainfall
fill our everyday lives. This is the
sensory world of smell, which is one of
the ways our being gives and receives
Aromas have the power to alter
our physical body's chemistry, our emotions, our
thoughts and mental outlook, and our sense of
JOURNEY that aromas take through our body
Aromas are received through the olfactory
system of the nose. The olfactory
membranes under the bony covering of the
nose contain hundreds of millions of
extremely sensitive nerve endings for
receiving and processing aromas. Microscopic
vaporized oil particles from every organic
substance enter the nose and float along
specialized cilia which differentiate each
chemical and respond in kind by generating a
unique code of nervous impulses which are
received by the central nervous system.
These impulses then begin a long but
they are carried to the
(the center of our emotions and memories),
and then to the base of the brain,
which is the pathway between the spine and
higher brain centers, passing between the
pituitary gland (switchboard of the
endocrine system and ALL emotions) and the
pineal gland (regulates our
biological clock and stimulates our inner
vision) and then to a little known part of
the brain called the amygdala, which
stores and releases emotional trauma.
Finally the impulses complete their
journey by entering our gustatory center of the
brain, which is our taste perception. It is no wonder odors, smells and
aromas create such a biological and
molecular chemistry of the essence of a
plant, its essential oil, is diverse and
complicated. Each chemical constituent
a singular effect. For example, oils
containing sesquiterpenes, such as
Frankincense and Sandalwood, are
able to pass the blood brain barrier in the
brain, allowing oxygenation of the pineal
and pituitary glands.
studies conducted at Vienna and Berlin
Universities, researchers found that
sesquiterpenes in the essential oils of
sandalwood and frankincense can
increase levels of oxygen in the brain by up
to 28% (Nasel, 1992). Such an increase in
brain oxygen may lead to a heightened level
of activity in the hypothalamus and limbic
system of the brain, which can have dramatic
effects not only on emotions, learning, and
attitude, but also on many physical
processes of the body, such as immune
function, hormone balance, and energy
levels. High levels of sesquiterpenes also
occur in melissa (lemon balm), myrrh, and
"Essential Oils Desk Reference".
When a combination
or blend of essential oils is
created, the many constituents unique to each plant’s
essential oil is powerful indeed. With a
essential oil blend, one must fully
understand not only the effects of each
singular essential oil, but also the
resulting effect of the synergy of the
combination of essential oils. The gift
of essential oil blends is that a unique
combination of essential oils can be made
specifically for one's needs.
applied to the skin, the plant’s life-force
is absorbed into the body’s fluid
systems which eventually circulates through
the organ and glandular systems of the body
and eventually through all fluids and
tissues of the body. The foot is the most
porous of all the body's skin. Rub a
clove of garlic on the bottom of your foot
and in about 5 minutes you will taste it in your
mouth and “feel” the sensation in your nose!
Essential oils applied to the feet, the
most porous part of the body, travel
throughout the body and affect the cells,
including the hair, in just 10-20 minutes.
research suggests that because the olfactory
nerves are similar to other nerves in the
body, they may have the ability to form and
transmit intelligent codes of information to
all other parts of the body via
neurotransmitter chemicals in the body.
Recent research suggests that intelligence
occurs not only in the brain but inside neurotransmitters.
There is no doubt that essential oils
inhalation and the direct application to the
skin affect not only the physical body, but
the mind, emotions and spirit. The
potential for healing is enormous with
therapeutic-grade essential oils. We are
only beginning to understand their power and
Usage & Cautions of essential oils, I invite you to explore and
experiment with the oils. Remember, go slow,
inhaling or applying only one or two oils at
a time. Some oils cannot be applied "neat"
to the skin, which means undiluted. Savor each oil and give each one
time for its voice to speak to you. Soon,
you will know the oils intimately. Enjoy!
Learn more at
useful information from Nature's Garden.
Ways to use
Essential Oils and the Chakras
a table which is
really a CIRCLE
copyright 1998 Anne
all delicate flower oils
all root oils
any clear crystal
St. John's Wort
blue lace agate
legs & feet
St. John's Wort
all root oils
into the Earth
all root oils
all delicate flower oils
of the information for this table is from:
"Your Essential Nature" by Nita Morrow Hill
"Subtle Aromatherapy" by Patricia Davis
"Using Essential Oils in Subtle Energy Therapy" by Joni
Loughran, Aromatic Thymes, Winter '99 Volume 6.4
*Perfume and Flavor
Materials of Natural Origin, Steffan
Arctander, Allured Pub Corp., 1994
The Perfumers Bible!
*Essence & Alchemy: A Natural History
of Perfume, Mandy Aftel, Gibes Smith, 2004
Best book to learn the
ancient art of perfumery!
The Art of Aromatherapy,
Robert B. Tisserand, Healing Arts Press, 1977.
Aromatherapy Workbook, Marcel
Lavabre, Healing Arts Press, 1990.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils,
Julia Lawless, Element Books Limited, 1992.
The Complete book of Essential Oils &
Aromatherapy, Valerie Ann Worwood, New
World Library, 1991.
Aromatherapy An A-Z, Patricia
Davis, C. W. Daniel Company Limited, 1988.
Subtle Aromatherapy, Patricia
Davis, C. W. Daniel Company Limited, 1991.
Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring
Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils,
Gabriel Mojay, Healing Arts Press, 1997.
The Fragrant Heavens: The Spiritual Dimension
of Fragrance and Aromatherapy, Valerie Ann
Worwood, New World Library, 1999.
Colour Scents: Healing with Colour & Aroma,
Suzy Chiazzari, C.W. Daniel Company Limited, 1
Church Path, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1JP, United
Your Essential Nature: A Guidebook of
Essential Oils for Energy Workers, Nita
Morrow Hill, Nita Morrow Hill, Box 771739, Memphis,
Reference Guide for Essential Oils,
compiled by Pat Leatham & Connie Higley, Abundant
Health, 1460 N Main ST #9, Spanish Fork, UT 84660,
1996. Call 888-718-3068 to order.
Aromatherapy: The Essential Beginning,
D. Gary Young, N.D., Essential Press Publishing,
The Healing power of Essential Oils,
Rodolphe Balz, Lotus Light, 1995.
The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews,
Scott Cunningham, Llewellyn Publications, 1991.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential
Oils, Julia Lawless, Element Books
Limited, 1995. (a beautiful picture book)
The Aromatherapy Book, Jeanne
Rose, North Atlantic Books, 1992.
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primarily for perfumers with an emphasis on the
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wonderful detailed information on
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Also Marge's blends, hydrosols, butters, waxes,
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