The Benefits of Vetiver
Vetiver essential oil, also called khus oil, is extracted from the vetiver plant, a clumpy, green grass native to India that can grow five feet high or more. The root system, where the essential oil comes from, is massive, deep, penetrating, tough, and can grow to 7 meters deep in 36 months. This feature provides vetiver with an extremely strong anchor to the soil, which is vital in erosion control of steep slopes such as road batters and riverbanks.
Vetiver is in the same family as other grasses used for their essential oils, including lemongrass and citronella.
Vetiver oil is quite fragrant, with a distinctive sharp and earthy scent you may recognize from popular men’s cologne. Vetiver oils are so complex that so far they have not been successfully synthesised
Vetiver essential oil is distilled from the vetiver plant’s roots, which are aged before being soaked in water. The highly concentrated oil that is released is then skimmed off the top of the water. It’s used in holistic practice for its soothing, grounding capabilities.
Keep reading to find out what we know about using vetiver oil for health benefits.