Heard of the miraculous benefits of vetiver water before? This is not a newly invented secret formula of having beautiful skin and obtaining a desired body shape. Vetiver water has been an ancient tradition among Indians since ages. It is only recently that we have realized its immense benefits. Thanks to the health experts, renowned dieticians, dermatologists and influencers who have been spreading awareness about incredible ways vetiver can be helpful for skin care.
Used widely during summer months since ages, vetiver is a perennial grass, native to India. Also referred to as “Khus” in Northern India, this plant has aromatic, inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It is also known for its powerful medicinal values. Drinking vetiver water will keep your skin and hair glowing always.
What Is Vetiver Water?
Vetiver water is liquid obtained by steeping vetiver roots in water (hot or cold). It has a soothing and cooling effect on body. The water is known to cure some common health conditions such as halitosis (bad breath), painful urination, and ulcer.
Hair & Skin Benefits
Vetiver is widely celebrated by health experts for its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps relieve scalp and skin related inflammation. Antiseptic properties of vetiver help heal all kinds of wounds fast. It can be used as a topical wash for treating wounds.
It has powerful antioxidant properties, both consuming antioxidant-rich foods and also using it for external application helps fight of free radicals which are the major cause of premature aging of our skin and hair.
Treats Scalp Issues
Water made from vetiver can be used for hair care. It can effectively treat scalp related issues such as dandruff and itchiness. You can spray this water directly on scalp or add it to your hair packs.
Humidity, heat and cold dry air can dehydrate the skin. Sometimes the natural barrier of skin gets disrupted which dries out and damage the skin. Vetiver plant is capable of holding high levels of water. This works really well dry, damaged, and dehydrated skin. Simply spray some vetiver water after cleansing skin and allow drying naturally. You may also spray this water whenever you feel your skin is looking dull.
Vetiver contains antioxidants and hydrating elements helpful in preventing premature skin ageing. Vetiver water will help reduce puffiness on the face. Spraying vetiver water on face before applying antiaging cream or a face pack will help keep the skin firm, taut, and more youthful. Vetiver helps with renewal of skin lipids (responsible for maintenance of hydration). Failure of renewal of these lipids can lead to premature ageing and its symptoms such as dryness, sagging of skin, and wrinkles. Vetiver extract is helpful in restoring skin barrier by increasing skin lipids.
Vetiver is a great exfoliant. It helps exfoliate skin by removing dead skin cells without being harsh on the skin. Simply soak the roots in water for a few minutes before exfoliating skin. The pleasant and earthy fragrance of the roots will soothe you.
How to Use Vetiver Water?
Vetiver water acts as a natural tonic for skin. You can use it for drinking and helping skin glow from within. It also works wonder for topical application on skin and hair. It is also helpful in boosting immunity naturally.
Vetiver water can be added to face packs for added effects. It helps treat various skin conditions such as heat boils, acne, and heat rashes without leaving unsightly marks. The powerful antioxidant properties of this water will add a nice glow to your skin if used in face packs.
Mix equal quantities of vetiver water and rose water in a bowl. Now add in few drops of vetiver essential oil to this concoction and mix well. Cleanse your face and apply this toner before applying moisturizer. This gentle toner is suitable for all skin types.
Vetiver is very effective for hair growth. Simply mix equal quantities of fenugreek powder and neem powder with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Now add a tablespoon of vetiver water to mix. Apply all over the scalp and hair. Allow the pack to dry before washing it off with a mild shampoo. Apply conditioner as usual.
Prepare serum by mixing 2 tablespoons of vetiver water with a tablespoon of aloe vera gel with a few drops of jojoba oil. Mix well. Apply on face after cleansing for anti-aging properties.
Infused Drinking Water
Drinking this water during summer will keep your body cool and hydrated. It has a soothing effect on the nerves. It also acts as a blood purifier to keep your skin and hair healthy.
Ways to Make Vetiver Water?
There are two ways of making vetiver water. Here’s how you can prepare it:
1. Hot Water
Please about a bunch of clean vetiver in a bowl. Now add in hot boiling water, cover the bowl and allow it to infuse for about 2 to 3 hours. The magical and fragrant vetiver water is ready to use.
2. Cold Water
Place a small clean bunch of vetiver in a bowl. Now add a liter of cold water to it. Allow it to steep for 24 hours. The water will be infused with vetiver. You can also add it to the jug of drinking water during summer.