Vetiver, a species of grass, abundantly grows in India, where it is commonly known as ‘khus’. It is also found in Java, Japan, Haiti and the Philippines. This perennial fast-growing grass is characterized by its vast network of underground roots that are interlinked and are a source of Vetiver essential oil.
Vetivar essential oil is obtained through steam distillation of the roots of this grass. The essential oil is rich in alpha vetivone, benzoic acid, beta vetivone, furfurol, vetiverol, vetivene and vetivenyl vetivenate. Possessing a very pleasant, mild, earthy and musky aroma, it is used extensively in the perfume industry.
Skin benefits of Vetiver essential oil
What Vetiver essential oil is really famed for is the benefits it bestows on the skin. Let’s see what they are:
1. Soothes inflammation
The anti-inflammatory properties of Vetiver essential oil help reduce external skin inflammation. It cures skin rashes and reduces skin redness caused by prolonged exposure to the sun. It also restores severe skin conditions, such as flaking caused by eczema and extreme dryness.
2. Clears acne
Vetiver essential oil is effective in clearing acne and reducing acne marks. This is because of its strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Applying this essential oil effectively counters acne causing bacteria by making the conditions of its growth on the skin unfavorable.
Regular application also safeguards long-term acne outbursts. Skin inflamed by acne is also effectively repaired and restored through its anti-inflammatory action. In the long run, it not only prevents future acne outbreak, but also keeps the skin toned and blemish-free.
3. Helps in cell regeneration
Vetiver essential oil is rich in cicatrisant, the cell regenerating agent. This agent works at a cellular level to repair damage to the skin tissue and, at the same time, stimulate a healthy skin cell regeneration and growth. Cicatrisant also stimulates collagen formation that reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, thus proving an effective antiaging agent.
Its soothing action also rejuvenates dull and dry skin, strengthens epidermal connective tissues and restores its lost elasticity. The result is a flawless, well-toned, radiant and youthful skin.
4. Improves scalp health
Application of Vetiver essential oil on the scalp not only improves its health, but also acts as a strong lice repellant. Those with their tresses infested with lice will find these vermin gone within a couple of days through the application of this essential oil. It also heals inflammation due to lice bites.
How to get Vetiver essential oil?
Using Vetiver essential oil directly on the skin may prove too harsh, so go for products that contain this essential oil as an ingredient. To this end, Ayana Wellness has come out with two soaps that are infused with the purest form of Vetiver essential oil. These are:
- Royal Glow – Ayana’s Kesar Badam Soap.
- Kumkumadi Auyrvedic – Ayana’s Kumkumadi Face Wash Soap.
These soaps not only contain the amazing goodness of Vetivar essential oil but also various other essential oils that heal and pamper your skin in various ways. You can order these soaps online from ayanaproducts.com.