Anatherum zizanioides, Andropogon odoratus, Brazilian Vetiver, Chiendent des Indes, Chiendent Odorant, Chrysopogon zizanioides, Cuscus, Cuscus Grass, Cuseus Grass, Khas, Khas-khas, Khus Khus, Khus-khus Grass, Phalaris zizanioides, Reshira, Sugandhimula, Usheer, Ushira, Vétiver, Vetiveria zizanioides, Vetivergras, Zacate Violeta.


Overview Information

Vetiver is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.

People take vetiver for nerve and circulation problems and for stomach pain. Some women take vetiver to start their periods or to cause an abortion.

Vetiver is sometimes applied directly to the skin for relieving stress, as well as for emotional traumas and shock, lice, and repelling insects. It is also used for arthritis, stings, and burns.

Vetiver is sometimes inhaled as aromatherapy for nervousness, insomnia, and joint and muscle pain.

In manufacturing, vetiver is used as a flavoring in alcoholic beverages.

How does it work?

Vetiver contains an oil that repels insects. It is not known how vetiver might work as a medicine.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Ending a pregnancy (abortion).
  • Stomach pain.
  • Lice.
  • Insect repellant.
  • Stress.
  • Joint pain.
  • Muscle plain.
  • Insomnia.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of vetiver for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Vetiver is LIKELY SAFE in food amounts. There isn't enough reliable information to know if vetiver is safe when used in amounts found in medicine or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if vetiver is safe or what the side effects might be.

When inhaled: There isn't enough reliable information to know if vetiver is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is LIKELY UNSAFE to take vetiver if you are pregnant. It might cause a miscarriage. It's also best to avoid vetiver if you are breast-feeding. The effects on a nursing infant are unknown.



We currently have no information for VETIVER Interactions.



The appropriate dose of vetiver depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for vetiver. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


  • Agri Res Svc: Dr. Duke's phytochemical and ethnobotanical databases. (Accessed 3 November 1999).
  • Brown D. Encyclopedia of herbs and their uses. New York, NY:Dorland Kindersley Publ., Inc., 1995.
  • Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Title 21. Part 182 -- Substances Generally Recognized As Safe. Available at:
  • Martinez, J., Rosa, P. T., Menut, C., Leydet, A., Brat, P., Pallet, D., and Meireles, M. A. Valorization of Brazilian vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides (L.) Nash ex Small) oil. J Agric.Food Chem 10-20-2004;52(21):6578-6584. View abstract.

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