Khus-Khus

Latin Name: Vetiveria zizanioides (Linn.) Nash (Gramineae), Andropogon muricatus Retz., A.squarrosus Hook. f.,non Linn. f., Anatherum zizanioides (Linn.) Hitchcock & Chase

Sanskrit/Indian name: Ushira, Reshira, Sugandhimula

General information:

Widely used in aromatherapy and perfume, Khas-Khas is a cooling agent, tonic and blood purifier. It is used to treat many skin disorders and is known to have a calming effect on the nervous system. Other medicinal uses of Khas-Khas include ringworm treatment, indigestion and loss of appetite.

Therapeutic constituents:

Major constituents of the essential oil of Khas-Khas are vetiselinenol and khusimol, which render the herb its pharmacological properties.

Key therapeutic benefits:

  • Khas-Khas is used to treat gastrointestinal disorders like flatulence and indigestion.
  • It is a natural cleanser that is used in soaps, shampoos and perfumes.
  • Khas-Khas gives a cooling effect to the skin.