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A Review on Vetiveria zizanioides Species

surya Prakash Dokula Varaha, Shreya Singh Chauhan, Sunanda Tyagi


Vetiver is a perennial grass that can grow under intense climatic conditions such as drought, heavy rains and high temperatures. It is found mostly in Asian countries, belongs to graminaceae or poaceae family. It is commonly known as Khus Khus. Vetiver is a tall, tufted, aromatic grass with a straight stalk, long narrow leaves and an extensive root system. Aromatic oil is derived from vetiver roots, which can be used for fragrance and medicinal purposes. Vetiver plant can be used as an environmental friendly and inexpensive option for soil and water conservation, bioremediation and wastewater treatment. It contains vetiverol, vetivene, vetispirene and oil substances. Vetiver essential oil is commonly used in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Mental disorders such as stress, anxiety and depression are known to get improved by vetiver oil. It has antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal and antitubercular properties. This is a review paper that contains a brief description of the vetiver grass and its several applications.


aromatic, grass, oil, root, vetiver grass.

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