Quieting the Mind with Vetiver

January 5, 2013

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A year ago, I started using therapeutic grade vetiver essential oil with my daughter, Abigail, who often struggles with sensory issues. She loves it, and it smells so nice. When we first opened the bottle, we weren’t sure what we thought; but, once we applied it, we were captivated by the mysterious scent, and found that we really loved it!

Vetiver is a very thick, dark and syrupy essential oil. The aroma is earthy, sweet, and full of life. It reminds me of an early morning walk through a lush green forest filled with damp grasses and wild herbs.

Like myrrh, vetiver oil has excellent fixative properties; therefore, it is often used in perfumes. Vetiver has a calming and soothing effect on the central nervous system and is a wonderful oil to help quiet an overactive, exhausted, or stressed mind.  It is also said to be a good choice in helping to control anger, irritability, or neurotic behavior, as well as helping with insomnia.

Recently, while researching essential oils commonly used for treating ADD/ADHD/ and Autism, vetiver kept coming up. Many people feel very strongly that vetiver oil (along with several other choice oils) is making a huge difference in the lives of children with such disorders.

In the following study conducted in 2001 by Dr. Terry Friedman, several essential oils were used to treat ADD and ADHD. Vetiver was found to be the most effective in observations and brain wave scans – showing improvements in 100% of subjects! Cedarwood essential oil was 83% effective, and lavender 53%.


This case study was conducted for two years, from 1999-2001. Using Children between the ages of 6 to 12 years. Twenty subjects not diagnosed with ADD/ADHD were used as the control group. Twenty subjects with a confirmed diagnoses of ADD/ADHD were used as the study group.

Each group was pre-tested using a baseline evaluation with real time EEG and The T.O.V.A. Scale.

The essential oils chosen for the case study were Lavender, Vetiver, Cedarwood and Brain Power (a blend of Frankincense, Sandalwood, Melissa, Cedarwood, Blue Cypress, Lavender and Helichrysum.)

The oils were administered in this fashion: one of the oils were administered by inhalation 3 times a day for 30 days. An inhalation device was also used at night to administer a continuous inhalation of oil.

The subject then inhaled when needed, about 3 times during the day when they began to feel “scattered”. The inhalation of the oils proved to settle the brainwaves back into normal patterns and improved their scholastic performance and behavioral patterns.

Each subject was tested on each oil for 30 days and then reevaluated by testing. Then another oil was used for 30 days and reevaluated, until each of the oils had been tested. Lastly, oil combinations were used, each for a 30 day period. (Brain Power with Lavender, with Cedarwood, and Vetiver.)

The final results were: Lavender increased performance by 53%, Cedarwood increased performance by 83% and Vetiver increased performance by 100%.

This study was published in the American Medical Association Journal.

Vetiver encourages stimulation of the circulatory system and can help relieve stiffness from arthritis and muscle cramping.  Treat yourself by massaging Vetiver into overworked muscles. It is also said to help heal cuts and scrapes more effectively and with less scarring. Some people add it to their face creams and lotions to revitalize mature, aging skin and rejuvenate wrinkly, irregular skin textures. Others may find it helpful in dealing with acne or skin blemishes.

Vetiver is among the oils highest in sesquiterpenes. Along with helping children control their behavior, it may also help anyone cope with stress, anxiety, or and in recovering from emotional trauma and shock.

Tourette’s Syndrome

“I tried the Vetiver for a tic that was bothering my son. I massaged it behind his ears and the tic stopped. I am not sure if you are familiar with Tourette’s, but this is amazing!! He still has his pesky regular ones, but the major annoying body jerking, and the fake hiccup tic that was making him become very upset, was instantly gone within a few seconds of this oil.

“I now want to know everything possible about essential oils!! I have signed up to be a distributor because as soon as I become knowledgeable enough to help my own family, I cannot wait to help others. This is truly a gift from God.

“I am so excited to have been introduced to the essential oils as an alternative. I cannot thank you enough for suggesting Vetiver for my son. I never would have imagined something so simple could have helped, and without side effects, FINALLY! Thank you.” – Amanda B.


caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now! referenceguidesmall

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

26 Responses to “Quieting the Mind with Vetiver”

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  3. Hi there! I have recently discovered Vetiver myself. My son has Autism and epilepsy and the calming results of Vetiver have been nothing short of astonishing. Like you, I want to learn all about oils now. Keep up the good work! Blessings, M & E

  4. danielle says:

    Where do you purchase yours from? I have a son with severe ADHD and now that it’s clear meds are a bust, I’m exploring alternative treatments.


    • Stacy McDonald says:

      Hi Danielle, let’s schedule a telephone chat! I’d love to share with you how we’ve used our oils to help with issues like that in our family.

  5. Rachel says:


    My daughter is in 1st grade and having problems focusing and paying attention. We had her tested and she doesn’t have ADD /ADHD. I would like some more info please!!

  6. Catherine says:

    What was the effectiveness of brain power??

  7. emma says:

    Hi, can you kindly send me an email with the vetiver application? Where would you feel is best to put it on a three year old? Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!!

  8. Sheila says:

    Hi there, I find this so interesting – thanks for sharing. How do you apply/use the oil with your daughter? I was thinking of using it in a roll-on. Do you think that would be suitable? And do you have a carrier oil that you would recommend?

  9. Mary says:

    My son has ADHD so I would like to try the Vetiver. How do I order this?

    • Stacy McDonald says:

      Hi Mary – Just click the Free Consultation button at the top of the page and we can discuss different options (wholesale or retail). It costs a little more, but you can CLICK HERE to order through the retail option. Or, if you’d like to read more about the wholesale option (think Sam’s or Costco), I would recommend reading THIS page first. I always recommend wholesale. No yearly fee. Just a required starter kit.

      • Mary says:

        I am only interested in Vetiver at this time, so I’m not sure what the starter kit involves. Can you get just the vetiver?

        • Stacy McDonald says:

          Sure! Just sign up as a retail customer. You can order whatever you like. Please let me know if you need any help.

  10. Melissa says:

    Where on the body do you put the Vetiver? I have a five year old son that was recently diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and mild tics and I am very reluctant to medicate him. I have a prescription but my gut tells me no! I love EO and would plan on purchasing Vetiver but I am just not sure where and how much to use on him.

    • Stacy McDonald says:

      Hi Melissa – We put the vetiver on the bottom of my daughter’s feet and on her temples. When I use it for myself, I use it on my temples and up and down the back of my neck.

      If you’d like to schedule a consultation about how you can get started, click the Free Consultation button at the top of this page.

  11. Adriana says:

    Hi! What would children use to inhale throughout the day? Very interested in the verviter, I’m seriously considering becoming a rep as well, thanks so much!

    • Stacy McDonald says:

      Hi Adriana – I diffuse many different oils during the day – so many are stress reducing. Frankincense is my number one choice, and it comes in the starter kit. If you’d like to chat by phone, click the “free consultation button” at the top of the page and we can discuss further. I love vetiver – it’s made such a difference for one of my daughters (and me!).

  12. Lisa says:

    Some of the reviews say vetiver is a very strong smelling oil. Is it to strong when placed on the neck of a 6 year old? Is it applied in its original form or mixed with another oil?. Thank you for the help.

    • Stacy McDonald says:

      It is pretty distinct. I actually love the scent, but most people either love it or hate it. It is also very thick, so I suggest placing a roller ball on the end for easy application.

  13. Cyndi Borgen says:

    I just signed up with Young Living. I haven’t received my kit yet. I was wondering if you sell the reference guide? I am eager to learn as much as I can. My son is ADHD and I am hoping this will help him.

    • Stacy McDonald says:

      Hi Cyndi – I purchase the reference book for those who enroll through me because I feel like it’s that important that they know HOW to use their oils. I get them from HERE and HERE. Who are you enrolled with?

  14. Mariah says:

    Are you diluting the oil prior to applying it to skin?

  15. Deborah says:

    Enjoyed this article so very much thank you for sharing it! I’m new to these oils but very excited to hear all the wonderful stories of healing!
    May God bless you richly in all you do.

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