|Latin Name: Vettiveria zezanoides
English Name / Common Name: Vettiver
Siddha / Indian Name: Vetiver/ Ramacham / Khus
|Vetiver is an ancient remedy extensively used by the Siddha physicians to cool the body. Vetiver roots and its essential oil are used to alleviate thirst, heatstroke, fevers and headache. The essential oil is mixed in hot baths or in steamers and is used as a potent aura cleanser and hence stabilises one emotionally. It is also applied as part of a liniment to relive inflammatory disorders of the joints and skin, and use for relief from acne.
Scientific studies have demonstrated Vetiver oil to provide stimulation to the endocrine glands (in cases of estrogen and progesterone insufficiency associated with premenstrual syndrome as well as menopause) and circulatory system. It has also been shown to slightly enhance the immune system, normalise heart rate and breathing thus exhibiting potent calming effects.
Massage: 5 to 10 drops of the Essential oil should be mixed into 20 mL carrier oil and applied all over the body.
Inhalation: Add two or three drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming hot water and breathe in the steam for a few minutes with a towel draped over your head to capture the steam with the essences.
Bath: Mix four to six drops with a teaspoon of milk or alcohol and add to a hot bath. Or, alternatively, you can add 1 teaspoon of golden jojoba, as the carrier oil of choice, to protect the skin.