Vetiveria zizanioides or Andropogon muricatus is popularly known as Khas Khas, Khas or Khus. Vetiver is a perennial aromatic grass, native to India and is widely cultivated in the tropical regions of the world. It has been in traditional use since ancient times for its earthy, woody, yet sweet-smelling scent. It is widely used in perfumes, cosmetics, scented soaps suitable both for men and women, and for flavouring sherbets (Indian cold drinks).
Steam distillation of dried roots. It improves with age. This essential Oil is known as “Oil of Tranquility” in India.
Alpha & Beta Vetivone, Zizanal and Epizizanal were isolated from the oil.
Vetiver oil is regarded as; Stimulant, Diaphoretic, Refrigerant, Antispasmodic, Antiseptic, circulatory tonic, Relaxant.Grounding, Calming and Balancing. The dried roots are also used to perfume the linen and clothes. Because of its cooling properties; the roots have been woven to make fans, window and door screens, ornamental baskets and many other small articles all over India for hundreds of years. Also burnt as a fumigatory. Vetiver is considered nourishing and moisturizing (Revitalizing, rejuvenator)to the skin, and is recommended for dry, dehydrated or irritated skin. It tightens slack skin, and detoxifies connective tissue and epidermis. It Reduces fever, reduces liver congestion, pancreas deficiency. It is used as Urinary system tonic, increases cellular absorption, raises libido, eases menstruation and post partum depression (Antispasmodic, Emmenagogue, Calmative, Sedative).
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