Sunday, 25 August 2013

How to Make Vetiver Water (Khus Water) from Vetiver Roots!

 

Vetiver is a perennial grass and it is native to India. Vetiver is also called "Khus" in Northern India and it is very popular there. Vetiver grass is grown for it's many uses. It is used to control soil erosion, offer crop protection from pests, roots are used to make mats and in perfumery, etc. In the west, vetiver is famous for it's essential oil. "Khus syrup" made from the roots of vetiver is famous in India. Vetiver is also used for it's medical properties in India. We use vetiver root to make vetiver water. 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.

 


METHOD:
1. This is dried vetiver root and you can get it very easily anywhere in India. Take the required amount of vetiver, twist the root and make it into a bundle.


2. Take a clay pot, wash it and place the vetiver bundle inside the pot.


3. Fill the pot with boiled, cooled water. Cover and let it sit for few hours.

 4. After 3 to 4 hrs, slice a lemon into thin slices and add them to the pot. You can strain the water, while drinking.


NOTES:
  • The amount of vetiver to be added is individual choice. But this water is very aromatic, so add vetiver according to your taste.
  • Always use clay pots, especially during summer months as it also helps to keep the body cool.
  • This water also helps in painful urination.
  • Vetiver is a natural water purifier and I was surprised to learn that a study in USA found that vetiver can remove antibiotics from water, by absorbing it into it's plant tissue.

25 comments:

  1. Can vetiver root be reused after it? I yes, for how many times? If no, do we just throw them or is there a use?

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  2. We usually add vetiver to a big pot of water and then when the water gets over, we add new vetiver root to the next batch of water. You can also reuse vetiver root for up to two to three times. The discarded vetiver root can be used as a scrubber for cleaning.....

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  3. Hi Ramya, All your different uses for vetiver root have made me eager to buy some and start using it. Please let me know
    what it is called in English or Hindi. Any clues where I can find it in Bangalore? Thanks in advance, and keep writing!

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  4. Hi, The word vetiver is derived from Tamil and it is called vetiver in all the languages. You can try vetiver in the country medical shops in Bangalore, I am sure they will keep a stock of this root......

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    1. You can ask it as khus or vala

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    2. Can you get oil from Vetivert grass?

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    3. Vetiver oil is extracted from the roots.....

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  5. I have read that vetiver oil causes miscarriage. Is vetiver water safe for women trying to conceive?

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    1. Pregnant women should be very very cautious about using herbs and should definitely avoid vetiver as like you mentioned it is said to cause miscarriage..

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    2. I didn't know 2-3 sticks of vetiver roots in 1 litre of water could be harmful. Anyway, thanks for quick reply.
      You have a lovely blog :)

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    3. Actually very small doses of vetiver might not be harmful but I feel we shouldn't take the risk...

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  6. Is this the same Khus that we get in the form of green syrups in the market? I think the green colour is added artificially, isn't it? Its natural color is light brown..Is it called Vaala in Marathi?? Thanx for all this info..

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    1. Khus syrup is made by boiling the khus roots along with sugar. This khus water is just the infusion which can be had many times during hot summer days. I checked and the Marathi name is Vala...

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  7. Can diabetic patients drink vetiver water?

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    1. Yes, diabetes can drink the unsweetened vetiver water like mentioned above....

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  8. Can nursing mothers drink consume this water? Is it safe for the baby?

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    1. I would suggest not drinking vetiver water regularly while pregnant or nursing...

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  9. When I put this in hot water the water color turned as pink....magenta....is it good

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    1. I am surprised because usually it will not change color only infuse the water with a mild scent. I would suggest making sure the root you used was vetiver...

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  10. When I put this in hot water the water color turned as pink....magenta....is it good

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  11. hi .. Very Useful Info..
    I have a doubt, how many times I can use the same vetiveru for either drinking or bathing purpose?

    Thanaks
    MaC

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  12. Hi, how many Times i can use the same Vetiver to make this drink.

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  13. I use vetiver root in normal pet bottle. it infuses the fragrance over a long period of time. As long as a week. On a hot day, drinking vetiver infused cold water is a bliss no carbonated or soda can equal.
    If you use it in clay pot the joy is double as the clay and vetiver fragrances quench's the hardiest of thirst.

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