Amazing Grass

( Vetiveria zizanioides ) Poaceae

Vetiver Also known as Sunshine

Vetiver's center of diversity, or place of origin is India this perennial, densely tufted grass is found naturally occurring throughout tropical and subtropical plains, particularly along riverbanks and over marshy land. Vetiver is used in hundreds of countries as a low cost efficient system for soil and water conservation, infrastructure stabilization, pollution control, and waste treatment. Vetiver that is used for the sale of its essential oil is currently grown primarily in Haiti (2002).

Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver's main secondary compound is oil which is distilled from the roots. The oil is used in the production of cologne and perfumes as well as aromatherapy. The scent has a calming affect when inhaled (2002).
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