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.



                                   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.


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.


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.    


                                          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. 


                                      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!




  1. Celestial Princess
    August 26, 2015 / 6:14 pm

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

  2. Anonymous
    November 23, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 4, 2015 / 11:40 am

      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…:)

    • Anonymous
      October 16, 2016 / 5:39 pm

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

    • s rama chinnayya naidu
      October 16, 2016 / 5:43 pm

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

    • s rama chinnayya naidu
      January 20, 2017 / 6:49 am

      Please contact 9920209623, or write to naiduacs@yahoo.com

    • Toni B
      April 10, 2017 / 7:37 pm

      Young living:-)

  3. Loganayaki
    February 9, 2016 / 6:33 am

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

  4. Anonymous
    March 26, 2016 / 6:28 am

    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.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 14, 2016 / 5:55 am

      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…

  5. vaishuBala bala
    March 29, 2016 / 10:55 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 18, 2016 / 2:59 am

      You can write to me personally through wildturmeric facebook message…

  6. Unknown
    April 25, 2016 / 9:19 am

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 4, 2016 / 3:30 pm

      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…

  7. jayanthi
    May 16, 2016 / 10:12 am

    Hi RamyaI 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?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 3, 2016 / 9:09 am

      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…:)

  8. Anonymous
    June 5, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    Can vettiver curb down androgen levels

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 3, 2016 / 9:28 am

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

  9. Anonymous
    August 31, 2016 / 6:13 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 3, 2016 / 9:30 am

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

  10. Unknown
    September 9, 2016 / 5:51 pm

    can you send the lofah?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 22, 2016 / 1:34 am

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

  11. Anonymous
    September 14, 2016 / 9:37 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 23, 2016 / 3:44 pm

      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…

  12. DURAI
    October 21, 2016 / 3:55 am

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

  13. Sasi
    November 6, 2016 / 5:39 pm

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

  14. Anonymous
    November 9, 2016 / 11:31 pm

    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.

  15. Anonymous
    November 30, 2016 / 8:25 am

    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?

  16. Unknown
    March 7, 2017 / 5:25 am

    Mam please tell me, how long it last ,,,,I mean the Vettiveru,,,,, it's validity I'm asking

  17. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 / 7:08 am

    Hi Mam now i am pregnant of 3 months can i drink vettiveru water?

  18. Lajo Shahani
    April 16, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Hi Ramya, I have been using vetiver blinds on my windows since the past three years and simply love the cool and fragrant air that passes through, except for times when there is no movement of air at all. Still, its a huge saving on electric bills besides the fact that we have constant power outages. Also using a scrub but will definitely try out the other methods you've suggested. Thanks 🙂

  19. Unknown
    April 17, 2017 / 9:20 am

    nice information

  20. Unknown
    July 5, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    if any one willing to buy vetiver root original willing to supply for further details contact me +91-7200836589

  21. Robin A Arroues
    February 28, 2019 / 12:22 pm

    What is your website for buying Vetiver? I would like to purchase, but cannot find your site. Thank you. My email is robin_spd@yahoo.com

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