A hydrosol spray with Vetiver for sleep, relaxation, and calming your mind.
Sometimes when I can’t sleep, I have a chat with my good friend Vetiver. This “Oil of Tranquility” (that’s Vetiver’s nickname!) always helps me feel more relaxed.
Here’s one of our conversations . . .
Me: Oil of Tranquility, I can’t sleep! Can you help?
Vetiver: Of course! I love helping people sleep. First, let’s calm your mind. (Vetiver put on some soothing music.)
Me: Ohh, that’s lovely, Vetiver!
Vetiver: Thanks! Now, let’s cool you down . . . (Vetiver opened the windows in my room and a sweet, aromatic breeze wafted in.)
Me: Ahh, I feel so comfortable.
Vetiver: You’re getting sleepy . . . very, very sleepy . . . now . . . let’s deeply relax your nervous system so your body feels as calm as your mind and your heart . . . Andrea? . . . Andrea, how are you feeling?
Me: Zzzz . . .
Did you notice the ways that turning to Vetiver for sleep helped me? It calmed my mind, cooled me down, and helped to soothe my nervous system.
I want to share a linen spray recipe that can help you use Vetiver for sleep in the same way. This recipe comes from my book, The Heart of Aromatherapy. It’s actually not made with any essential oil at all—just pure Vetiver hydrosol.
Forever Vetiver Linen Spray
- 2 oz (60 ml) Vetiver hydrosol (Vetiveria zizanoides)
This Vetiver “recipe” has only one ingredient, could not be simpler to “make!”
Spritz it on your pillowcases, sheets, and blankets when it’s time for bed.
You can actually use this as a body spritz, too. Start using Vetiver for sleep support an hour or so before bedtime, so you can get yourself in the right frame of mind for restorative rest.
Vetiver is a grassy plant.
The essential oil is made from the rootlets, but the entire plant can be used in different ways for feeling cool, calm, and relaxed. In The Heart of Aromatherapy, I wrote . . .
“Vetiver grass, Vetiver hydrosol, and Vetiver essential oil are all used for their relaxing aromas, but in different ways. On Réunion Island, the grass is woven into mats and window blinds, which smell sweetly fragrant in the rain and keep rooms cool naturally when breezes blow through. The hydrosol can also be used to cool you down. Try it as a body mist, and be sure to get a few spritzes on the back of your neck.
“Vetiver hydrosol has a strong earthy aroma and a relaxing presence. It’s slightly cooling on skin, and can calm irritation and support skin’s overall health.”
Did you like this quick lesson on how to use Vetiver for sleep and relaxation?
Want to learn more Aromatherapy techniques like this?
I would be honored if you would pick up a copy of The Heart of Aromatherapy: An Easy-to-Use Guide for Essential Oils! It includes 40 essential oil profiles that explain what each oil is good at, and over 100 unique recipes you won’t find anywhere else.