Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)

Vetiver is a densely tufted, wiry, perennial grass to 1.5 m in height, native in India and Ceylon. It has no rhizomes or stolen and is propagated by root divisions. The plant grows in large clumps from a branched ‘spongy’ rootstock with erect culms.

The aromatic roots have been used since ancient times in India. The fragrant, insect-repelling roots yield oil, which is valuable in the perfume industry. Traditionally, these roots were woven into mats, fans and fragrant screens, while the tops of the grass were used for thatch, mulch, handicraft, fodder and animal bedding.

Vetiver root is cooling, refrigerent, diuretic, stimulant and tonic. Vetiver il is very usefull in skin healing, this oil repels insects and reduces stress and tension. It is rich, earthy,woody and sweet. Vetiver oil is used extensively in perfumery for its fixative effects and its fragrance. Vetiver roots are used to make brushes for natural cleansing of the body, utensils and applying aroma oils. The aromatic roots are used in potpourri and perfumes. Leaves are used in rheumatism, lumbago and sprain.

Vetiver oil – also known as khus oil and is sometimes referred to as the Oil of Tranquility in India – has been used for centuries in incense and perfumes. It is a common ingredient in many modern perfumes, as a scent and a fixative, and is also used in many other cosmetic and beauty products.