Chrysopogon zizanioides, commonly known as vetiver (derived from the Tamil) is a perennial bunchgrass of the Poaceae family, native to India. In western and northern India, it is popularly known as khus. It is an aromatic grass that grows up to a height of six feet and the essential oil of Vetiver is extracted from the roots.
It is a gift of God to mankind to maintain good health and vitality. Ayurvedic treatments involved the use of this oil to treat the imbalances of an individual’s constitution and to heal health disorders like muscular aches, fevers, arthritis pain, loss of energy, heat strokes, joint disorders, skin problems, headaches and to cool the body during extremely high temperatures. Vetiver essential oil was used in massaging brides to sanctify them before their marriage.
Vetiver herb and its essential oil have been in use in many cultures across the globe for thousands of years together. The massive use of this sacred herb is often attributed to its uplifting, soothing, healing, calming and shielding properties.
The cooling property of Vetiver herb made its use inevitable to bring in the natural freshness and coolness especially during hot summer seasons. Vetiver roots were used as a substitute to straw or wood shaving pads in evaporative coolers. Muslin sachets with Vetiver roots are put in earthen water pots to cool the drinking water naturally and to retain its medicinal values.
Mats weaved with Vetiver roots are trusted to cool, protect and refresh Indian homes during scorching summer season. Gods and idols in India are honored with garlands made of Vetiver grass.
Vetiver essential oil is also known to promote oxygen, fortify the red blood cells and support blood circulation. It is also used as a warm pain-relieving oil to treat muscular pains, stiffness, arthritis, rheumatism, sprains and few other inflammatory conditions.
How to use vetiver roots?
Using an earthen pot to store water is the best option when it comes to drinking water.
Vetiver roots can be added to drinking water. The procedure is outlined below:
Take enough vetiver root for a pot of water. Wash the roots once to remove impurities.
Place vetiver inside the pot. One can also tie up the root bundle, wrap it in a cotton cloth and place it in the pot.
The vetiver roots are light in weight and hence they float on top.
Wait for 4 – 5 hours so that the extracts of the root slowly seeps in the water.
Immerse a glass in the pot and see the water. The water is clear but when you drink it, you can find a distinctly different taste!
It has a very mild and earthy flavour and will make you feel refreshed.
Benefits of vetiver water
Vetiver roots have anti-oxidant properties, and most importantly it can turn the water alkaline. Thereby, it helps to fight against diseases and also boosts immunity.
Good for the nervous system
Vetiver has properties that soothe your nervous system. The aroma in vetiver helps to reduce stress and the flavour has a calming effect. It can also help to reduce fits of anger , restlessness and symptoms of hysteria. In fact, studies have shown that vetiver can be a natural treatment for Parkinson’s disease.
Reduces joint pains and arthritis
Vetiver has anti-inflammatory properties. Regular consumption of this water can heal wounds and reduce pain and inflammation in joints which is severe in arthritis patients. Vetiver can provide you relief from this pain. It also stimulates the re-growth of tissues in wounded areas and helps to revive.
The antiseptic properties present in vetiver clears up skin by slowly reducing appearance of pimples and acne, it also stimulates growth of new cells and tissues. It detoxifies the body and keeps it cool. All these result in clearer skin.
This is the easiest natural remedy. All you need to do is add the root to you drinking water and drink it.