Article by Kaniz F. Shah

Botanical Name: Vetiveria, Zizanoides
English Name:  Vetiveria
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Popular Name(s): Khus, Khus Khus, Cuscus and Vetivert
Kingdom: Plantae (Plants)
Subkingdom Tracheobionta (Vascular Plants)
Super division: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Phylum/Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Class: Liliopsida (Monocotyledons)
Sub Class: Commelinidae
Order: Cyperales
Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Genus: Vetiveria Bory (vetivergrass)
Species: Vetiveria zizanioides
Parts Used: Roots and Essential oil
Habitat: Cultivated in plains and low hills of India
Odor: Cyperales
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Vetiveria zizanioides, also known as khus khus or khus grass, is native to India and Pakistan. It is a densely tufted grass, with long, thin and rigid leaves and can grow up to 1.5 meters high.

Health Benefits:

In ancient Ayurveda, vetiver oil has long since been used to ease heat strokes, fevers, headaches, improve energy levels and reduce thirst. It has also been used for rheumatism, arthritis, gout and muscular aches.

Vetiver for Hair & Scalp

This ancient herb is ideal for healing dry and rough scalp and excessive hair loss. The nontoxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing oil extract of this great herb is beneficial for all types of wounds, dryness, cracking of skin, dry scalp, and head lice.

Vetiver for Skin:

  • Minimizes Acne:

    Vetiver is an antiseptic and is very effective in preventing acne. Vetiver root powder mixed with sandalwood, a few drops of vetiver essential oil and water makes an effective spot treatment for acne skin.
  • Promotes Cell Renewal:

    Vetiver essential oil is an established cicatrisant, which helps scar tissue disappear rapidly, heals and promotes cell renewal. When dead cells are sloughed off and new cells are formed, your skin looks fresh, young, healthy and vibrant. The anti-aging benefits and the cell regeneration properties of this oil also make it an effective natural remedy for stretch marks, acne and burns.
  • Used in perfumes:

    Vetiver essential oil has a wonderful fragrance and is used in high-end perfumes for its fixative properties. It is also commonly used in high quality soaps and other bath & body products.
  • Anti-inflammatory and Antiseptic:

    It gives relief from inflammation in the circulatory and nervous systems.
  • Emotional Therapy:

    The oil obtained from the vetiver grass has sedative effect and aids in the treatment of emotional outbursts, such as anger, anxiety, epileptic and hysteric attacks, restlessness, nervousness, etc.
  • Massage Therapy:

    Vetiver essential oil blends well with almond oil and wheat germ oil and makes a great massage oil for muscular pain. Be sure to blend the oil with other carrier oils to prevent irritation. The soothing aroma induces relaxation.


This article is for informational purpose only. Vetiver is not a treatment for any disease or condition. It is generally safe when used on the skin or hair, but to ensure safety, it is best to do an allergy test. Consult your doctor before using for medical purposes.