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VETIVER (Chrysopogon zizanioides)

Vetiver grass is a tropical plant which grows naturally. Vetiver grass can be found growing in a wide range of area from highlands to lowlands in various soil conditions. The species which is most common is referred to in scientific term as Chrysopogon zizanioides. This species appears in a dense clump and grows fast through tillering. The clump diameter is about 30 cm. and the height is 50-150 cm. The leaves are erect and rather stiff with 75 cm. of length and 8 mm. of width.



Vetiver is an antiseptic and is very effective in preventing acne. Nowadays vetiver essential oil is getting popular for its wonderful properties. Vetiver is used as a face pack along with sandalwood for making an effective treatment for acne. To make this home remedy for acne, soak dried vetiver root in water overnight. Next day take a sandal wood bark and rub it into a paste with the vetiver water. Add few drops of vetiver essential oil and apply on the affected area continuously for best results.


Vetiver water can be used for both drinking and as a hair rinse. Vetiver water is very cooling. It helps to cure painful urination, ulcers and bad breath. This aromatic water has a calming effect on the nerves and regular intake of this water helps in general well being and it acts as a blood purifier. Traditionally vetiver water is always made in clay pots. To make vetiver water, take a bunch of vetiver root and place it in the bottom of clay pots. Pour cooled, boiled water on top the vetiver root and cover the pot for at least 2 to 3 hrs. After 2 to 3 hrs, the vetiver essence would have infused into the water. Now take a lime cut into thin slices and add the slices to the water. You can strain the water while drinking. This vetiver water is very cooling and refreshing. This vetiver water is always made during hot summer months and I have to add that I really love this aromatic vetiver water.


The bath powder is made with vetiver and green gram dal. This bath powder does not strip the skin of the natural oils and regular use prevents black heads and softens the skin. But this powder will spoil easily, if the green gram and vetiver is not sun dried till crisp. I prefer to make small batches of this powder. This bath powder cleanses well and it can be made into a paste with water and used as a face scrub too. During winter season, mix the green gram powder with milk or yogurt and use. To make this powder, sun dry green gram dal and vetiver in bright sunlight till they get very crisp. Powder it finely in a mixer. Vetiver is very aromatic, so use just little to make this powder. Both vetiver and green gram powder are very cooling. This powder is excellent for small babies, as it does not have any chemicals. Keep the left over powder in an air tight box away from moisture.    


If we are looking for a natural room cooler that does not dry the skin like our regular air cooler, then vetiver curtains are perfect. The vetiver roots are dried and then woven into window curtains. These curtains are very fragrant and make the whole room smell fresh. The smell from these vetiver curtains relaxes our mind and brings in peaceful sleep. Usually during the hot afternoons, water is sprinkled over these vetiver mats. When the hot air passes through them it cools the air and also adds its unique wonderful fragrance. It is much better than our regular air coolers, economical and saves so much of electricity. 


Vetiver scrubs  are made from vetiver roots. Instead of using loofah sponges, we can try these natural scrubs. These scrubs are antibacterial, can be reused again and again and are greatly fragrant. It improves the circulation in the body and is used to exfoliate the dead cells naturally and keeps the body healthy.  Before using it, soak it in water for some time and then use it like the regular loofah sponge. If we don't get these sponges, you can make your own too. Take a thick bunch of dried vetiver roots and tie them into a bunch in such a way that it will be easy to use it as a scrub. Soak it in water for few minutes and your scrubber is ready!


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