Chrysopogon zizanioides, commonly known as vetiver is a perennial bunchgrass of the family Poaceae and which was used in Ayurveda since time immemorial. Vetiver is derived from a Tamil word that means “root that is dug up.” In Northern India it is also called Khus (grass).
Despite being one of the underrated herbs, vetiver has numerous benefits for the skin and can be used as a natural coolant and cleanser. In fact, it is a good skincare product but minus the negative effects of chemicals.
Vetiver grows on riverbanks up to an altitude of 600m. It requires a hot and humid climate. It is adaptable to a wide range of soil and climatic conditions. It can be established on very acid, sodic, alkaline, or saline soils. Vetiver tolerates very high levels of aluminum, manganese, and a range of heavy metals in the soil. Due to its extensive and deep root system, vetiver is very tolerant of drought.
USES & EFFECTIVENESS
The lavancha plant is a natural coolant. The root of the plant keeps the skin hydrated. has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help fight acne, blisters, and rashes. It helps to remove dirt and dust without making the skin dehydrated. It helps remove blackheads and whiteheads and helps to unclog pores.
It is filled with antioxidants, which stop the skin’s signs of premature aging. Regular use of khus oil in different forms can make the skin youthful and firm.
The strong aroma of the vetiver essence helps in calming the body and relieves stress, reduces insomnia and its cooling properties can keep your digestive system strong.
Apart from that drinking vetiver water can help in clearing the intestinal tract and help in better digestion, which further helps in curing issues like constipation.
Apart from all this, the presence of antioxidants and alkaline properties makes vetiver root water a great drink for summers. It cools down the body