26 Jun Vetiver: Beat the Heat
During the hot summer days, some aromatic plants hold the capacity to transmute heat and sun into something that cools, calms and perfumes. Known as oil of tranquility or ‘woman’s oil’, vetiver is one of those pleasant smelling grass that has powerful cosmetic, therapeutic and health value. It has been appreciated for thousands of years.
Here are 7 interesting facts about Vetiver:
- Thriving in the heat and native to the Indian subcontinent, vetiver is known as khus, meaning “the root that is dug out”. During summer time, vetiver roots are been made into a screen, which since ancient times, are hung over doors and windows to keep the intense heat out. Known as khuschiks, these screens are frequently sprinkled with water in order to cool the passing breeze as well as to impart an evocative fragrance into the room – truly one of the most unique forms of ‘air-conditioning’.
- During the Colonial era, many British officials and traders emulated this native ‘cooling’ practice when they found the hot summer months too much to bear. But besides screens, vetiver roots are also woven into sleeping mats, hats, sandals and hand fans, all for the wearer to benefit from its heat relieving effects.
- As an esteemed plant in the ancient Ayurvedic medical system, vetiver is considered cooling to Pitta (the dosha which is made of fire and water). Ayurvedic healers highly recommended their patients to smear on vetiver paste to reduce their fevers and cool the bodies. They also advised a self-massage with vetiver oil mixed with coconut oil. It is known to treat inflammations caused by dehydration, and sun exposure.
- Its aroma is also said to have a calming effect on the mind, helping to cope with stress, deepen concentration while putting the body to rest.
- It essential oil supports healthy circulation and enhances our immune system. It goes without mention that vetiver’s uplifting and grounding nature can help with unbalanced emotions during the menstruation cycle.
- Its oil is also mixed into summer sorbets and beverages as both a cooling and flavoring agent. Quite curiously, it too, is believed to be a potent summer aphrodisiac. However, it does stimulate a poor appetite, which
- Vetiver is truly a rejuvenating tonic to the nervous system and excellent for revitalising skin after childbirth as it minimizing stretchmarks. Its antioxidants help prevent cell-damage, particularly those caused by oxidation. It also helps with cuts, wounds, scars, dehydrated skin and bruises.
Do it yourself face wash:
Add a few drops of vetiver oil to your soap, facial wash, or lotion. You will notice that your skin will look brighter and smoother. Vetiver oil is also a powerful antiseptic, meaning you can use it if you suffer from acne. Research shows that it is capable of removing the blackhead-causing bacteria from your pores.