Botanical Name Vetiveria zizanioides  
Botanical family Poaceae 
Origin Haiti, La Reunion, India, Brazil, Java  
Method Complete distillation by steam distillation 
Plant part Roots 
Note Base 
Appearance thick liquid 
Color brown to greenish 
Odor earthy, sweet, herbaceous (oil widely used in perfumery) 
Biochemical composition of the essential oil Sesquiterpenes (30–40%): vetivene, vetivazulene 
Sesquiterpenols (20–30%): vetivenol  
Sesquiterpeneester: vetiveryl acetate  Sesquiterpenones: vetivones 
Therapeutic properties   Circulatory and tissue decongestant +++  
Analgesic ++ 
Anti-inflammatory ++ 
Antipruritic ++ 
Immunostimulant ++ 
Emmenagogue ++ 
Main therapeutic indications  Coronaritis, vasculitis +++ 
Hives, pruritus, itching ++ 
Liver and pancreatic insufficiency ++ 
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostate congestion ++
Weakness of the immune system ++ 
Amenorrhea, oligomenorrhea ++ 
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