Khus khus roots (Vetiver grass) are medicinal herbs known to me from I was a child. However, Khus was popular known not so much for its medicinal uses but more so for its ability to be manufactured into perfume. We therefore had khus khus perfume since I was able to use perfume. As a matter of fact, to us in earlier days, every perfume was khus khus to us, whether it was so or not. Although, it is said that khus khus is different from khus, that was the name we grew up with.
Vetiver is indigenous to India and in that country it is referred to as khus. It is from the Poaceae family and it is a perennial plant or bunch-grass. The common names are Khus roots, Khus khus roots, Khus, Khus khus, Vetiver Grass, Vetiver, Vetiveri as well as Chrysopogon zizanioides.
The medicinal properties are sedative, aromatic as well as antiseptic. Some of vetiver essential oil constituents include benzoic acid, furfural, valerenol, terpinen-4-ol and khusimol.
The grass was not blessed with any smell whatsoever, but the roots were blessed with a sweet aroma when it is dried. So, the idea of perfume products came into being and were manufactured up to present time.
Khus roots serve a lot of purposes apart from medicinal purposes. The roots can be found along sides of the roads, especially on the bank sides of rural Jamaica. They have the ability to prevent landslides and so it is not weird to see them there, nor to see persons planting them in and around there homes to prevent soil erosion.
They are also very effective in protecting various crops due to the fact that it is a very good pest repellent. Placed in various areas of cupboards and drawers, It can be used to ward off moth. Khus can even be used as animal feed.
Khus roots essential oil is extracted and utilized for perfumes, aromatherapy, cosmetic, creams, herbal skin care as well as soaps used in a Ayurveda.
Khus oil is a good remedy to treat sores and acne due to its antiseptic medicinal properties. Khus roots can improve red blood cells deficiency, treat poor blood circulation, dry skin, cracked and brittle skin, wounds, cuts, rheumatism, nervous conditions, arthritis as well as muscular aches and pains.
A syrup can be made from vetiver which can flavor ice-cream, milkshakes, yogurt and various beverages. Khus khus roots, another versatile medicinal herbs.
Submitted October 13, 2015