Vetiveria zizanioides, also known as khas khas, khas or khus grass, is native to India. It is a densely tufted grass, with long, thin and rigid leaves and can grow up to 1.5 meters high. The grass grows well in rich marshy soil that is found throughout the plains and lower hills of India, especially on the riverbanks. The plant is different from the other grass forms, in that instead of having mat-like root systems, it befits in growing downwards and can grow up to 2-4 meters in depth. Khas Khas is also used for cooling purposes, flavoring sharbats, and making mats, hand fans etc. Today the plant is cultivated in the North Indian states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab and in the South Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Uses & Benefits of Khus Khus
According to some, Vetiver grass can be taken by mouth to solve nerve problems and circulatory issues.
The essential powder derived from Vetiver Grass is applied topically to the scalp to kill lice. The herbal powder is also used on the skin to repel insects and protect the body from mosquito bites. Many also apply Vetiver powder to the skin for reducing stress and anxiety.
Vetiver Grass is a popular choice among tribal women to start their periods. The herb is also used to terminate an unplanned pregnancy as taking the herb by mouth leads to miscarriage.
Vetiver powder is to solve the following health related complaints – joint pain, muscle pain and insomnia.