Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)
Vetiver is a tough, aromatic grass and the ingredient used in Pet Remedy is extracted from the roots. The grass belongs to the same botanical family as lemongrass, citronella and palmarosa. This plant has been appreciated for its calming properties since records began.
It is extracted from the washed, chopped, dried and soaked roots and rootlets by steam distillation and yields about 0.5%. The aroma is very earthy.
Vetiver oil, is a plant oil that offers a heavy, earthy fragrance, which is reminiscent of patchouli but with a touch of lemon.
Vetiver essential oil is extensively utilized in perfumery, including the creation of perfumes for the body, room fresheners, and coolers, as well as soaps, cosmetics, and oils. It is also a flavoring agent in beverages, sorbets, and other foodstuff.
The main chemical components are benzoic acid, vetiverol, furfurol, a and b-vetivone, vetivene and vetivenyl vetivenate.
It is considered a safe oil and is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing.
Originally native to India, vetiver is now cultivated in Angola, Argentina, Brazil, China, Haiti, Japan, Java and the island of Réunion.