Thursday, 12 June 2014

5 Amazing Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Vetiver for Hair, Skin and Health

 

Vetiver is a grass and it's name is derived from Tamil name "Vettiver". Vettiver is native to India and both it's leaves and roots have wonderful uses. It's roots are mainly used in home remedies. I always have vetiver root at home. Vetiver root is dried and sold in the markets and they last for quite some time. Since India is a tropical country, we as a nation have always been fond of natural ingredients that keep our body cool and vetiver tops that list, because it is such a natural body cooler. I personally love vetiver water that is made by soaking the vetiver roots in water, as it is very fragrant. We also use vetiver in our traditional bath powders. Since vetiver is very fragrant and cooling, using bath powders made with it, cools the body and prevents heat rashes. Other than using it in traditional remedies, it has other wonderful uses too. Vetiver grass is used in mushroom making, as a roof material and for making handicrafts. Other main important use of vetiver is the conservation of soil. The roots of vetiver is very effective in preventing soil erosion. Vetiver essential oil also has wonderful benefits for treating ADHD, acne, depression, arthritis, stress, in making perfumes, etc. Vetiver essential oil is also good for insomnia. A few drops of this essential oil rubbed on the feet calms the mind and brings in sleep for people who suffer from insomnia.


USES OF VETIVER:

1. VETIVER USES FOR SKIN:
                                   Vetiver is an antiseptic and is very effective in preventing acne. Nowadays vetiver essential oil is getting popular for it's 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.

2. VETIVER USES FOR HAIR:
                                 We use vetiver root to make vetiver water. This 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.

3. VETIVER USE IN BATH POWDER:
                                     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.    

4. VETIVER USE FOR SLEEP:
                                          If you 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 it's unique wonderful fragrance. It is much better than our regular air coolers, economical and saves so much of electricity. 

5. : VETIVER USES FOR HEALTH:

                                      Many of you must have seen these round scrubs hanging in ayurvedic shops and these are the vetiver scrubs. These 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. Next time if you see these scrubs, give them a try. Before using it, soak it in water for some time and then use it like the regular loofah sponge. If you 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!
                                    

28 comments:

  1. Celestial Princess26 August 2015 at 11:14

    Nice article. I have always loved the smell of Vetiver. Vetiver water can also be used to water plants as it promotes their growth:)

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    1. Where do i get vetiver?vijithpkannur@gmail.com

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    2. You can get vetiver from country medical shops (nattu marunthu kadai)....

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  2. Hi Ramya, I ordered vetiver to Amazon and what I got doesn't look like root and it has no fragrance at all. I was so disappointed and now I don't know where else to order. I live in USA so I don't any other way to get it, any suggestions?? By the way, I love your site it's so informative, it's a shame that you don't sell the products.

    Ana

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    1. Ana, I am glad you like the site. I tried searching vetiver online for you but even I couldn't find a good quality source, the ones sold are mostly scrubbers made out of vetiver. Selling online is a big step for me, hopefully in the future with god's grace...:)

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    2. We are cultivating vetiver near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh in 24 acres of land under the name farm essentials

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    3. we are cultivating vetiver in 24 acres near Visakhapatnam, we can provide authentic vetiver roots

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  3. Hi.
    Yesterday only i bought vetiver. Ur site is very useful to us!! Thanks!!

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  4. Is this oil good for diabetic neuropathy if so how do we use it. Is its oil good for depression and insomnia if yes how and how much a daily dose.

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    1. Vetiver essential oil has got antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties. It is also very soothing and will greatly help with insomnia but I am not sure of diabetic neuropathy...

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  5. Wonderful site.. Respected mrs ramya, is there any personal contact information for you.. I wish to ask you about my problem in personal.

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    1. You can write to me personally through wildturmeric facebook message...

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  6. Hye Ramya,

    was a nice post, I have a doubt, we drink only boiled water at home, so i add the vetiver in the water while boiling itself, ofcourse smell is there but is it effective or should ive to add in only cooled boiled water

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    1. When you add the vetiver roots to already boiled water, the smell will be mild and it will also be pleasant to drink the water that is why we infuse it rather than boiling the roots. Give it a try...

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  7. Hi Ramya
    I liked your site. Very useful and informative. It is said that vetiver immersed in copper cup for one week.and that water is very healthy. Is it true?

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    1. Vetiver reduces body heat and cools the body and also has antioxidant properties. Copper cup prevents bacterial growth (but I would suggest not leaving he water for 1 week)so it is healthy...:)

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  8. Can vettiver curb down androgen levels

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    1. I am sorry I couldn't find any evidence suggesting vetiver root extract curbs androgen levels...

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  9. what is the correct procedure of using vetiver scrub with soap?

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    1. After applying soap over the body, take the vetiver scrub, wet in water and gently rub it all over the body.

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    1. I am sorry, as of now I don't sell things..

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  11. I have insomnia (sleeplessness) can I drink vetiver before going to sleep. Is this safe? How many drops to a glass of water?
    Norman

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    1. Vetiver is good for insomnia, you can drink vetiver water before bed and you can also use the vetiver essential oil for massage too. We always vetiver root infused water for internal consumption and I would suggest the same. But if you want to use vetiver essential oil, the general suggested safe dosage is 1 drop mixed in 120 ml of water...

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  12. Do u have vetiver essence to mix in water pot, where can I get it?

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  13. For ADHD problems in kids... How to use the vettiver. Pls... My kid is suffering from this prob.

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  14. I have read that one can purchase Vetifer powder. How would I use it for internal use? I am assuming it would benefit a person who is going through menopause and experiencing hot flushes.

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  15. Ramya,
    How do we make use of vettiver leaves? I have the grass at home, how do we collect the roots out of it, as we get it at the country medical shops?

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