Vetiveria zizanioides

Vetiver is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.



  • Vetiveria zizanioides is used to treat gastrointestinal disorders like flatulence and indigestion.
  • It is a natural cleanser that is used in soaps, shampoos and perfumes.
  • Vetiveria zizanioides gives a cooling effect to the skin.



  • Vetiveria zizanioides is a boon for farmers in warm climates, as it prevents soil erosion. As the plant grows exclusively downward, it helps to block the runoff of surface water and conserves soil. Hence, it is used to create boundaries for rice paddies.
  • The fragrant essential oil obtained from the plant root is quite famous throughout the world. It is used in high-end perfumes, for its fixative properties.
  • The mats made from Vetiveria zizanioides plant are hung in the house, to cool rooms during summer. Moreover, they even add a pleasant aroma in the house, when sprinkled with water occasionally.
  • The herb is tied in a muslin cloth and added to the earthen pots filled with water, to lend its distinctive flavor and aroma to it.
  • It has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects that provide relief from inflammations in circulatory system and nervous system.
  • Vetiveria zizanioides is used to create a tonic bath, which is the reason why it is often included in high quality soaps. In addition, it finds an application in combat lice as well.
  • It is a boon for individuals suffering from rheumatism, arthritis, gout, muscular aches, dryness and cracking of skin etc.
  • The oil obtained from Vetiveria zizanioides has sedative effect and aids in the treatment of emotional outbursts, such as anger, anxiety, epileptic and hysteric attacks, restlessness, nervousness, etc.



Vetiver is LIKELY SAFE in food amounts and POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth as a medicine. But the possible side effects are not known.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is LIKELY UNSAFE to take vetiver if you are pregnant. It might cause a miscarriage. It’s also best to avoid vetiver if you are breast-feeding. The effects on a nursing infant are unknown.


No interactions are known. Please consult your pharmacist.

Other names

Anatherum zizanioides, Andropogon odoratus, Chiendent des Indes, Chiendent Odorant, Chrysopogon zizanioides, Cuscus, Cuscus Grass, Cuseus Grass, Khas, Khas-khas, Khus Khus, Khus-khus Grass, Phalaris zizanioides, Reshira, Sugandhimula, Usheer, Ushira, Vétiver, Vetivergras, Zacate Violeta


Source: WebMD,



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