Vetiver {Chrysopogon or Vetiveria zizanioides}

Vetiver or Khus or Khas

Ayurveda Characteristic and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Pacifies Vata and increases Pitta and Kapha
  2. Taste –Bitter, sweet
  3. Energetics – Cooling
  4. Main Traditional Action: Reducing haemorrhaging, amapachana
  5. Other Traditional Uses: Improves skin complexion, antipyretic, astringent, blood cleanser, and as an essential oil reduces stress and tension


Modern Research

Vetiver and its components have been investigated for a number of biological activities: antioxidant, lead binding phytochelatins, and phytoremediation of heavy metals and organic waste for environmental uses.