Vetiver, the plant with a thousand virtues

Is calledChrysopogon zizanioides, more commonly known asVetiverand is a perennial herbaceous plant of the Poaceae fault. This plant is native to India but adapts well to the Mediterranean climate so much so that it is cultivated in many areas of Italy for different purposes.

Thevetiverit can grow up to a height of 150 cm. It has tall stems and long, thin and very stiff leaves. The flowers come in a colorpurple-brown. Unlike most of thegaminaceae, thevetiverit does not develop roots horizontally: the root system ofvetiverdevelops in depth, which is why the speciesChrysopogon zizanioidesit is very popular in the naturalistic engineering sector.

The seeds of thevetiverthey are sterile, therefore this herbaceous plant is not considered a weed.

Although originally from India, thevetiverit is widely cultivated in tropical regions of the world and also in Italy in areas with a mild climate. The major growers ofvetiverin the world are Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand and Indochina. This herbaceous species of the Poaceae family has been naturalized in other regions, particularly in the USA.

Vetiver in natural cosmetics

Thevetiverit can grow up to 1.5 meters in height, from its leaves a very effective essential oil is obtained for skin care or as an essence in aromatherapy. Extracts ofvetiverthey are also used for the production of natural deodorants or in natural cosmetics for the preparation of body lotions. The essential oil ofvetiverit is not easily found in stores, it can only be purchased in the most well-stocked natural shops or online where a 10 ml bottle of 100% pure Essential oil can be found at a price of 11.49 euros with free shipping.

Vetiver in Ayurvedic medicine

Vetiver essential oil is very fragrant, therefore very popular in perfumery. The essential oils of vetiver are not the only part of interest of this herbaceous plant: Ayurvedic medicine (traditional Indian medicine, still widespread today in the sub-continent more than western medicine, so much so that it has a health system with several Ayurvedic hospitals) consider the root ofvetiverrefreshing and astringent, therefore it is used asnatural remedyfor burning sensations, bilious fevers, sweating, ulcers and other blood diseases.

Vetiver in naturalistic engineering

Thanks to its particular root system that reaches a depth of 2-5 meters, thevetiverit is often used in the field ofnaturalistic engineeringto avoid soil erosion. This use of the plant is known just asvetiver system. Always in the environmental field and innaturalistic engineering, vetiver is used forphytodepurationof water and soil contaminated with heavy metals, hydrocarbons and other harmful chemicals.

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