(Vetiveria zizanoides)

Plant Family

Poaceae (Gramineae)


Andropogon muricatus, khus khus, vetivert

Description and Distribution

A tall growing grass with unscented leaves and highly fragrant roots.   Vetiver is a close relative of  other aromatic grasses such as lemongrass and palmarosa.   The plant is native to southern India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, but is cultivated elsewhere.   The highest quality oil is obtained from Reunion and the Comoros Islands.

Nature of the Oil

A dark brown viscous liquid.   The aroma is rich and earthy with a molasses-like undertone.    The fragrance improves as the oil ages.   The odour effect is calming and warming; a reputed aphrodisiac.

Main Constituents

Vetiverol, vitivone, vetivenes


Antiseptic, antispasmodic, circulatory stimulant, depurative, rubefacient, stimulates production of red blood corpuscles and pancreatic secretions, tonic, vermifugal.

Aroma therapeutic Uses

Skin care (oily), acne, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, poor circulation, insomnia, light-headedness(a good grounding essence), pre-menstrual syndrome, nervous exhaustion and other stress-related ailments.

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