Question: The grass used for making Vetiver (also known as Khus) blinds which give us relief from the summer heat was first found in India many years ago. Currently China, Indonesia, Brazil, Haiti etc are also the major contributors to its 250 tonnes of international yearly production. USA and Europe are the major importers of this grass. What is vetiver mostly used for?
Answer: western countries use the essential oil of vetiver in almost 36% of the perfumes that they produce. The refreshing fragrance of vetiver is due to the 110 aromatic elements present in it including B-vetispirene (4.5%), khusimol (13.7%), vetisselinenol (7.8%) and a-vetivon (6.3%). FYI: Basically vetiver (Khus) is a wild grass (photo, right) growing up to 1.5 meters but its long, fibrous roots ranging from 2 to 4 meters are responsible for adding fragrance; whether to blinds, water or even to perfumes.