Description: A tall tropical perennial grass whose roots grow downward of 10 ft. (3m) and greatly help prevent soil erosion. It's widely used in many parts of the world to battle soil erosion. The roots of the plant are aromatic and used for thousands of years for incense practices and medicinal purposes.
The older and healthier the plant, the better the quality of oil found in its roots. Vetiver oil is known in India and Sri Lanka as the "oil of tranquility," and the plant and its roots as "khus."
Vetiver grass is woven into screens to make shades and blinds, which are often misted with water to produce natural cooling effects when winds pass through. This also helps repel insects.
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae)
Synonyms: khus, khus khus, vetiveria, vetivert, "Oil of Tranquility"
Origin: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Re'union, Haiti, etc.
Parts Used: dried roots
Aroma Description: earthy, sweet, heavy, erotic fragrance
Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy; treats mature, dry or irritated skin, acne, wounds. Strengthens connective tissues. Used in soaps, lotions, creams, etc.
Culinary Uses: roots are used to make "khus water" for flavoring candy and fruit drinks in India
Medicinal Attributes: used internally for nervous and circulatory problems. Externally it's been used as an all around tonic bath, to ease muscle pains, as well as treatment for lice
Element Association: Earth
Astrological Association: Capricorn
Planetary Association: Earth
Aromatic Note: Base note
Essential Oil: Yes. Known as "Oil of Tranquility" in India. Steam distillation of dried roots. Improves with age. Fixative properties.
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