Benefits of Vetiver Oil on Skin
Vetiver is a grass from the Poaceae family of plants, scientifically called Chrysopogon zizanioides. In India, it’s called “khus,” where it grows naturally, but today it’s also widely produced in Haiti, Java, Japan and Philippines. A fast-growing perennial, it can survive up to 50 years or more, as all those green leaves are supported by a vast network of underground, interlinked roots that grow vertically, not horizontally, about 12 feet into the soil. These roots are what we use to get Vetiver essential oil.
Vetiver is found in clumps reaching up to five feet high, and can form a green hedge that can trap crop residues and silts to form an earth embankment. This trapping property also makes the plant helpful in growing crops, as it can absorb toxic substances in chemical fertilizers and pesticides, improving the health of the soil.
The root system enables the plant to store water and moisture, but because it expands mostly vertically, it doesn’t encroach on the roots of other plants. The leaves have been used for roof thatching, as raw material for making paper, for mulching, as planting material for mushroom cultures and for making compost, and to make things like ropes, mats, baskets, and more. The roots, in addition to being the source material for the essential oil, are also used for making screens and blinds, and in insect and rodent repellents.
Benefits to the Skin
Vetiver oil is Cicatrisa