Vetiver , scientifically called Vetiveria zizanioides, and popularly known as khus in Ayurveda, is a tall perennial grass with a citrusy, earthy, and cooling smell and has numerous health benefits. Khus is like lemongrass because both have similar medicinal properties. Vetiver roots have healing properties, whereas, in lemongrass, the shoots have medicinal values.
Vetiver is a cooling plant used widely during the summer months in India. To combat the dry and humid weather, floor mats and curtains are woven using vetiver roots and bound together with ropes. This makes the passing air cooler and, at the same time, delivers a fresh aroma. With its soothing property, the vetiver calms dull & stressed skin and restores lusture.
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Vetiver for Skin & Hair
Vetiver is a natural exfoliant that also heals heat burns or rashes of any kind. Vetiver roots are also great for hydration because of their cooling properties. They cure acne and skin irritations while also calming the body. Another interesting benefit is its role in restoring the natural pH levels of the skin. The roots eliminate problems of skin discolouration and dryness. As far as the hair is concerned, vetiver-infused hair oil has been used in many Indian households to date. It strengthens the hair while providing a permanent fix to dry and itchy scalp. It’s a great pick if you are adopting an au naturel lifestyle!
Below is a summary of how useful this simple Ayurvedic age-old ingredient is magical for our skin & hair
Fights Acne: A powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial agent, it is an all-natural remedy to treat acne, rashes, and blisters. With regular use, you can keep sudden outbreaks at bay. Moreover, unlike other modern day anti-acne ingredients that are strong & can be harsh on the skin - Vetiver is gentle and soothing and makes for a great option if you have sensitive skin.
Excellent for deep cleansing: helps remove deep-seated dirt and pollutants that usually lead to blackheads, acne, whiteheads, and cyst formation. Hence, it works as a great, natural cleanser that clears the skin, giving a brighter complexion.
Slows down skin ageing: Vetiver is filled with antioxidants that helps tighten the pores and prevents early signs of ageing. It also cleans the system of toxins and free radicals that are responsible for premature ageing thus, preventing the occurrence of wrinkles, fine lines, and pigmentation
Maintains pH balance of the skin: It protects the acid mantle of the skin and fights unwanted influences like bacteria, fungus, and any other infection
Fights blemishes & scars: Aids cell regeneration and promotes the growth of new cell tissues in the skin, Vetiver can be used to diminish the stretch marks on your skin. It can also eliminate scars of acne, burns, and other wounds.
Reduces Inflammation: The cooling effects of vetiver are not limited to drinks alone but extend to the skin as well. Its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe redness, and works as an effective cure for sun burns.
Vetiver for Hair: Helps treat dry scalp and dull hair. It also treats dandruff and inflammation. It increases the formation of collagen that provides strength to the hair structure.
Here are some simple ways to Use Vetiver for Your Skin
“Khus Water” or Vetiver Toner:
Vetiver is a great option to have as a toner. Its natural astringent properties make the skin feel supple yet sturdy.
- Vetiver Oil as a Scrub
Add to a DIY scrub of your choice - sugar, besan or curd based, Being a natural cleanser, vetiver root oil gets rid of deep-seated dirt and grime particles to reveal a bright & smooth complexion.
- Vetiver Body Soaps:
The nourishing and regenerative qualities of vetiver make it a best-selling soap ingredient. The fresh glow and instant softness after the first wash make it an excellent body soap.
- Vetiver as an Essential Oil
Mix vetiver oil with any skin oil, preferably virgin coconut oil, and use it as a moisturizer. This way, the oil instills a sense of calmness while soothing the skin with its earthy fragrance.