Vetiver (White gusgus grass Powder)

Benefits :

Good for the nervous system

Vetiver has properties that soothe your nervous system. The aroma in vetiver helps to reduce stress and the flavour has a calming effect. It can also help to reduce fits of anger , restlessness and symptoms of hysteria. In fact, studies have shown that vetiver can be a natural treatment for Parkinson’s disease.

Cools down the body

During summer, after spending some time outdoors, a glass of vetiver water can instantly cool your body and refresh your mind. Spend a few seconds inhaling the aroma of the glass of water in your hand and then drink it. Vetiver acts like a tonic and rejuvenates the mind and body. You can also squeeze a little lemon into the water but then I prefer just the natural taste. You could try both and take your pick!

Helps to fight insomnia

Insomnia or sleeplessness is a problem that many adults suffer from. Drinking vetiver water instead of your regular drinking water through the day helps to slowly get rid of this problem. Regularly drink vetiver water for at least two weeks and you can see the impact in your day to day health and overnight sleep pattern.

Reduces joint pains and arthritis

Vetiver has anti-inflammatory properties. Regular consumption of this water can heal wounds and reduce pain and inflammation in joints which is severe in arthritis patients. Vetiver can provide you relief from this pain. It also stimulates the re-growth of tissues in wounded areas and helps to revive.

Boosts immunity

Vetiver roots have anti-oxidant properties. Thereby, it helps to fight against diseases and also boosts immunity. This water is totally harmless and can be given to children above the age of 2. (It can even be given to babies of 1+ age, but some parents may be skeptical and hence I am recommending a 2+ age) However, if the water is given to toddlers, you can give just a glass a day instead of totally substituting with their regular drinking water.

Clearer skin

The antiseptic properties present in vetiver clears up skin by slowly reducing appearance of pimples and acne, it also stimulates growth of new cells and tissues. It detoxifies the body and keeps it cool. All these result in clearer skin.

This is the easiest natural remedy. All you need to do is add the root to you drinking water and drink it.

                                   Vetiver is an antiseptic and is very effective in preventing acne. Nowadays vetiver essential oil is getting popular for it’s wonderful properties. Vetiver is used as a face pack along with sandalwood for making an effective treatment for acne. To make this home remedy for acne, soak dried vetiver root in water overnight. Next day take a sandal wood bark and rub it into a paste with the vetiver water. Add few drops of vetiver essential oil and apply on the affected area continuously for best results.
                                 We use vetiver root to make vetiver water. This vetiver water can be used for both drinking and as a hair rinse. Vetiver water is very cooling. It helps to cure painful urination, ulcers and bad breath. This aromatic water has a calming effect on the nerves and regular intake of this water helps in general well being and it acts as a blood purifier. Traditionally vetiver water is always made in clay pots. To make vetiver water, Take a bunch of vetiver root and place it in the bottom of clay pots. Pour cooled, boiled water on top the vetiver root and cover the pot for at least 2 to 3 hrs. After 2 to 3 hrs, the vetiver essence would have infused into the water. Now take a lime cut into thin slices and add the slices to the water. You can strain the water while drinking. This vetiver water is very cooling and refreshing. This vetiver water is always made during hot summer months and I have to add that I really love this aromatic vetiver water.
                                     The bath powder is made with vetiver and green gram dal. This bath powder does not strip the skin of the natural oils and regular use prevents black heads and softens the skin. But this powder will spoil easily, if the green gram and vetiver is not sun dried till crisp. I prefer to make small batches of this powder. This bath powder cleanses well and it can be made into a paste with water and used as a face scrub too. During winter season, mix the green gram powder with milk or yogurt and use. To make this powder, sun dry green gram dal and vetiver in bright sunlight till they get very crisp. Powder it finely in a mixer. Vetiver is very aromatic, so use just little to make this powder. Both vetiver and green gram powder are very cooling. This powder is excellent for small babies, as it does not have any chemicals. Keep the left over powder in an air tight box away from moisture.
                                          If you are looking for a natural room cooler that does not dry the skin like our regular air cooler, then vetiver curtains are perfect. The vetiver roots are dried and then woven into window curtains. These curtains are very fragrant and make the whole room smell fresh. The smell from these vetiver curtains relaxes our mind and brings in peaceful sleep. Usually during the hot afternoons, water is sprinkled over these vetiver mats. When the hot air passes through them it cools the air and also adds it’s unique wonderful fragrance. It is much better than our regular air coolers, economical and saves so much of electricity.

                                      Many of you must have seen these round scrubs hanging in ayurvedic shops and these are the vetiver scrubs. These scrubs are made from vetiver roots. Instead of using loofah sponges, we can try these natural scrubs. These scrubs are antibacterial, can be reused again and again and are greatly fragrant. It improves the circulation in the body and is used to exfoliate the dead cells naturally and keeps the body healthy. Next time if you see these scrubs, give them a try. Before using it, soak it in water for some time and then use it like the regular loofah sponge. If you don’t get these sponges, you can make your own too. Take a thick bunch of dried vetiver roots and tie them into a bunch in such a way that it will be easy to use it as a scrub. Soak it in water for few minutes and your scrubber is ready!

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