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 Vetiver Essential Oil uses - Aromatherapy- Vetiver

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Oil Name:Vetiver
Note: Base
Parts of plant used:Root
Botanical Name:Vetiveria Zizanioides
Aroma: Deep and lingering, smoky

Vetiver Essential Oil:

Vetiver essential oil is distilled from the root of a grass (Andropogon Muricatus) found in India, Tahiti and Java. Vetiver is widely used in the perfume industry as a fixative in perfumes.

Vetiver Essential Oil Properties and Uses:

Skin infectionsAcneIrregular menstrual cycle
StressSedative Nervous tonic
Antiseptic AphrodisiacInsomnia
RheumatismArthritis Muscular pains

Vetiver Essential Oil Constituents:

Benzoic Acid: An aromatic acid (product of the shikimic acid pathway).

 

Vetiverol: An alcohol unique to Vetiver

 

Furfurol: an Aldehyde used as a solvent, insecticide and fungicide. often used to flavour food, it has a distinctive odor. Furfural is an irritant to mucus membranes and in any significant dosage acts on the central nervous system. if ingested it has many negative effects including nervous and coordination disturbance and malfunctioning, headaches and vision impairment.

Aldehydes: Aldehydes are a class of highly reactive chemical compounds that are intermediate between acids and alcohols, containing less hydrogen than alcohols and less oxygen than acids.
Aldehydes are mostly irritants and can cause skin irritation in even when diluted. Monoterpene Aldehydes are geranial, citronellal, citral (which is responsible for the sharp distinctive citric smell) while Cyclic Aldehydes are also known as aromatic Aldehydes have far more cloying and sweet smells like Cinnamic Aldehyde and Benzaldehyde, which are Cyclic Aldehydes, widely used in the perfume industry.
If ingested aldehydes are very irritant to the gastrointestinal tract, causing nausea and diarrhoea.

For further detail see specific aldehydes:
Geranial
Citronellal
Neral
Citral
Cinnamic Aldehyde
Benzaldehyde

 

Vetivone: a Ketone

Ketones: Monoterpenoid Ketones are stable molecules formed by oxidation of alcohols. Monocyclic Ketones like Pulegone and Thujone are toxic and should be avoided in any significant volumes in any treatment. Ketones are expectorant and a respiratory tonic.

 

Vetivene: A Sesquiterpene

Sesquiterpenes: When sesquiterpenes occur in essential oils it is mostly in combination with monoterpenes. Sesquiterpenes have a higher melting point than monoterpenes.

Sesquiterpenes are anaesthetic, antifungal, antiseptic and antibacterial.

 
 
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