Khas Khas (Vetiveria zizanioides)

Khas Khas is an aromatic, perennial grass growing in wild planes and lower hills which grows to a height of 2 meter. It is native to the Western Ghats of India and is a common source of the well known oil of Vetiver which is used in medicine and perfumery.

The oil is extracted from the roots, but the roots themselves are woven together into mats and hung in South Indian homes for their cooling properties. The oil is also used for cosmetics and soaps, as well as for flavoring Indian cool drinks (Sherbet). It has also some applications in Ayurveda. The paste made from the leaf can be used as a remedy for rheumatism, lumbago and sprain when applied directly on the effected areas. Doctors also use the plant to treat ulcers, burning sensation, hyperdipsia,  skin diseases and general debility.

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