Vetiver Water For Hair & Skin Care : 5 Top Ways !

vetiver water for skin

We make vetiver water at home during hot summer months regularly and I also use vetiver water extensively for hair and skin care. I use both vetiver essential oil steam distilled from the roots and vetiver water (infusion) for hair and skin care. I use it in the form of hair packs, face packs and face serum. Along with external application, if we also make it a point to drink vetiver water, our skin and hair will be glowing always.

What Is Vetiver Water?

Vetiver water is got by steeping vetiver roots in either hot or cold water. Vetiver water is very cooling, it helps cure painful urination, ulcer and bad breath. Vetiver is a perennial grass and is native to India. Vetiver is also called “Khus” in Northern India and it is very popular there. Vetiver root has amazing health benefits and is grown widely 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 many forms of Indian medicine.

vetiver water for hairVetiver Water Hair & Skin Benefits

  • Vetiver has anti-inflammatory properties so if you are suffering from scalp or skin inflammation using vetiver water will greatly help reduce the inflammation
  • Vetiver has antiseptic properties so it heals all kinds of wounds very very quickly. I prefer using it as a wash to treat wounds very fast.
  • It has powerful antioxidant properties, both consuming antioxidant-rich foods and also using it for external application helps fight of free radicals which are the major cause of premature aging of our skin and hair.
  • Vetiver is a natural tonic and both consuming it internally and externally will help improve our skin and hair. It also helps improve immunity.
  • Vetiver helps treat skin conditions like acne, heat boils and heat rashes very very effectively. Due to its antioxidant properties, it also gives a nice glow to our skin if used in face packs.
  • When used for hair care, it treats scalp problems like dandruff and itchiness very effectively, I like to add it to hair packs.
  • Vetiver has been proven to help with renewal of skin lipids. Skin lipids are very essential for our skin in the maintenance of hydration and they are affected by ageing leading to skin sagging, wrinkles and dryness. Vetiver extract helps restore skin barrier with increase of skin lipids and you can read the study that supports this claim here.

vetiver skin benefits

How To Make Vetiver Water : 2 Ways

1. Using Hot Water

Take a small bunch of vetiver in a bowl. Add in hot boiling water, cover and let it infuse for 2 to 3 hours and your vetiver water is ready. Vetiver water is very very fragrant.

2. Using Cold Water

Take a small bunch of vetiver and add it to a liter of water, let it steep for 24 hours. The water will be infused with vetiver. We usually add a bunch of vetiver to the jug that contains drinking water during hot summer months.

vetiver for hair growth5 Top Ways To Use Vetiver For Hair & Skin Care

1. Vetiver Water Toner

Take equal quantities of vetiver water and rose water in a bowl. Add in few drops of vetiver essential oil and mix well. To use, after cleansing your face, apply this toner before applying moisturizer. This is a very gentle toner that will suit all skin types

2. Vetiver Face Pack For Acne

For the face pack take to tsp each of kasturi manjal and neem powder in a bowl. Add in a teaspoon of honey and vetiver water and form into a smooth paste. To use, wash your face to get rid of any dirt and apply the pack. Wait for it to dry completely dry and then wash it off. This pack helps treat acne very very effectively.

3. Vetiver Hair Pack For Hair Growth

For the hair pack, take a tablespoon of fenugreek powder in a bowl. Add in equal quantities of neem powder. Add in a tablespoon of coconut oil. Finally add in vetiver water to mix. To use, take the pack and apply it all over the scalp and hair. Wait for it to dry and then wash it off using a mild shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

4. Vetiver Face Serum

For the serum, mix 2 tablespoons of vetiver water with a tablespoon of aloe vera gel and few drops of jojoba oil and mix well. This face serum has wonderful anti-aging properties.

5. Vetiver Infused Drinking Water For Healthy Skin & Hair

To make vetiver infusion for drinking, take a bunch of vetiver in a water jug and cover it with water, let it steep overnight. The next day, the water will be very fragrant and infused with vetiver. You can drink this water during hot summer months along with few drops of lemon juice to keep your body cool and hydrated.

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. Regular intake of this water keeps our skin and hair healthy. Traditionally vetiver water is always made in clay pots.

vetiver benefits for hair


  1. Mukesh Ghatiya
    August 31, 2014 / 4:26 am

    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?

  2. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    August 31, 2014 / 2:32 pm

    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…..

  3. Anonymous
    October 5, 2014 / 4:55 am

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

    • Vbr Sivakumar
      April 18, 2017 / 4:43 am


  4. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    October 6, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    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……

    • Anonymous
      November 7, 2014 / 3:48 pm

      You can ask it as khus or vala

    • Anonymous
      January 27, 2015 / 10:19 am

      Can you get oil from Vetivert grass?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 28, 2015 / 2:09 am

      Vetiver oil is extracted from the roots…..

  5. Sekar V
    August 12, 2015 / 10:43 am

    vetri verr means victory.

  6. Anonymous
    October 8, 2015 / 7:37 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 9, 2015 / 5:15 am

      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..

    • Anonymous
      October 9, 2015 / 7:40 am

      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 🙂

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 14, 2015 / 2:48 pm

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

    March 23, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    Wow. Nivmce information.

  8. Never say never
    April 23, 2016 / 9:36 am

    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..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 4, 2016 / 2:52 pm

      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…

  9. Anonymous
    May 14, 2016 / 5:18 am

    Can diabetic patients drink vetiver water?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 6, 2016 / 5:41 am

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

  10. thilaga sundari
    June 16, 2016 / 3:23 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 6, 2016 / 5:34 am

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

  11. Unknown
    October 15, 2016 / 6:04 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 10, 2016 / 5:57 am

      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…

    • Unknown
      March 8, 2017 / 11:28 am

      It's normal most Malayali people traditionally boil vetiver and have it hot & use it,. as it is being pink colour only that's absolutely normal,

    • Veena Manigandan
      March 4, 2018 / 7:26 am

      It's karingali which is a mixture of herbs, and not just vetiver. Vetiver boiled will not turn pink

  12. Revathy Yatish
    October 15, 2016 / 6:06 am

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

  13. Anonymous
    November 7, 2016 / 12:54 pm

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

  14. Anonymous
    November 15, 2016 / 12:15 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 10, 2016 / 8:03 am

      You can reuse the vetiver root 2 times, it is really really fragrant…

    • Anonymous
      January 9, 2017 / 6:54 am


  15. Sridhar
    December 5, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    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.

  16. suresh hemdev
    December 15, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    I do not feel like drinking water even if it is in front of me will Vetiver water help .I have seen a lot other people like me.

  17. Pragna Ch
    January 3, 2017 / 5:53 am

    Hi, Can anybody tell me that vetiver root oil may use as a flavoring agent in any beverages.If any commercially available products are there plzz let me know.Thank you

  18. Anonymous
    May 15, 2017 / 8:37 am

    vetiver water is safe to 5th month pregnancy pls reply fast

  19. Vetiver Australia
    July 9, 2017 / 12:57 am

    Hi Ramya,I am a new Business in Australia now growing Vetiver plants and can supply roots, plants and some Vetiver products like soap and a Vetiver based all natural face cream.The products will be available online in the near future but for now contact can be made via our website thank you and I hope this helps your followers x

  20. Ishani
    September 14, 2021 / 7:31 am


  21. Anonymous
    September 14, 2021 / 7:33 am

    Can vetiver infused water can be given to girls whol have entered puberty? Will this help in reducing the body heat?

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