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.

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

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.


  • 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.


  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

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