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How to keep yourself cool with Khus (Vetivar)

Updated on February 17, 2011

Summer is almost here, and the heat is making its presence felt gradually but steadily. In India the summer months can get extremely hot. Suddenly we start experiencing electricity or power cuts, called load shedding as the electrical supply companies cannot handle the extra load of air-conditioners and water coolers etc. there are many ways to stay cool in the summer, without really needing electric power. Here are some of them.


Matkas are usually made in black or red colour. khus roots are added to water to imparts its health benefits as well as a lovely fragrance to the water
Matkas are usually made in black or red colour. khus roots are added to water to imparts its health benefits as well as a lovely fragrance to the water

Get an earthen pot called a ‘matka’ and add a bunch of khus roots to it. matkas are used to cool drinking water in India from olden times. These earthen pots are really cool they do not need any electricity or other power to start their cooling effect on water.

To my taste buds, matka cooled water tastes a lot better than water that is chilled in the refrigerator. The bunch of ‘khus’ roots in the water in the pot adds a lovely flavor to the water in the pot.


Khus Curtains

Hang up khus mats or curtains to help cool your home. Sprinkle water on these curtains till they are soaking wet. Leave the windows or doors that it is hung over, open. The draft of hot breeze flowing into the house is cooled by the wet khus curtain. The breeze coming into the house catches the wonderful fragrance of khus and diffuses it in the house leving the house smelling lovely and feeling cool.

Khus curtains really keep the house cool
Khus curtains really keep the house cool
Khus had fiberous roots.
Khus had fiberous roots.
khus chappals or slippers
khus chappals or slippers
khus hats help keep your head cool in more ways than one!
khus hats help keep your head cool in more ways than one!

All about Khus:

Let me tell you a little about khus.

Khus is known as vetiveria zizanioides in the botanical world.

Khus is commonly used in aroma therapy and perfumes. It is a cooling agent. It also works as a blood purifier. Khus is also known to have a very calming effect on the nervous system. Because of these useful properties it is used in the treatment of insomnia, and stress relief. It also helps in calming anger.

How does khus get its fragrance?

Khus Botanical name vetiveria zizanioides.

Khus, is a type of grass that grows up to six feet high. Like all grass it has fiberous roots that reach deep into the moist earth.


Khus's mystical fragrance comes from these tiny rootlets which are filled with the sweet, deep rich fragrant undertones that remind you of precious woods and the smell of the hot earth after the first shower of rain.

Khus or vetiveria zizanioides belongs to the same botanical family as lemongrass, citronella and palmarosa.

The roots of the khus plant can also be woven into sleeping mats, sandals, hats, hand fans and decorative baskets. They can be packed up in sachets to place in cupboards or when storing linen.

You can wear a hat made from khus roots, to keep your head cool. Just moisten it a bit before you step out into the sun and enjoy it’s lovely cool effect and perfume.

Wear sandals made from khus roots for the same effect and to keep your feet cool.
Khus essence is also used to make cooling drinks called ‘sherbet’. I love the taste of khus. You can add the khus concentrate to chilled milk too.


As you can see, this grass has such benefits. Here’s to khus filled summer!

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      Sumeet 6 years ago

      A very informative article!! Any ideas where one can get Khus curtains in Mumbai?

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      Vibhavari 6 years ago from India

      Hi Sumeet,

      Thank you for your feedback. No, I have not ideas where you can get khus curtains in Mumbai since I do not live in Mumbai, but you can try asking around in the crawford market area, I am sure some one there will know.

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      Illya 5 years ago

      Hi Vibhavari! A nice article. One question.. Is it possible to use Khus extract, oil etc. to cool the skin in summer? Does it have this external cooling effect?

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      Vibhavari 5 years ago from India

      Hi Illya,

      Thanks for your feedback. Well I have never really tried using khus extract on my skin, so I am not in a position to comment on that..

      but I'm sure it won't do any harm to try :)

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      rajiv jin 5 years ago

      from where we can buy a khus suppliers in delhi.

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      Vibhavari 5 years ago from India

      Hi Rajiv,

      I don't know where you can buy a khus suppliers in delhi... I don't live in delhi.

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      Ritesh Bhatt 5 years ago

      Hi, Excellent article, i have read a lot about herbs, but i never knew that khus root can be used in so many different way's apart from its oil & sharbat. Excellent job done.... just a question where can i get ,, kus slippers, hats & Mats in India...

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      Vibhavari 5 years ago from India

      Hi Ritesh Bhatt,

      Thank you for your feedback. Khus slippers and mats and fans etc are available almost everywhere in India, just scout the local bazaars in your area. For example- bunches of Khus roots are available at the local kiraana maal (grocery)shops or the 'mandai'.

      I have bought Khus hats and fans at a plants and flowers exhibition. You could also get them at handicraft fairs.

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      Koushik 5 years ago

      Hi Vibhavari, by any chance can u tell me where khus is available in Kolkata, I don't know u stay here or not.

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      Vibhavari 5 years ago from India

      Hi Koushik,

      I don't live in Kolkota, so I really cannot answer your question.

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      Pooja 5 years ago

      Hi Vibhavari,

      Very nice and informative article . Could you please suggest , where in India can I find Khus curtains. I live in Delhi, but if you know where we can source it from, or if you know any contact from where you bought these, please let me know.Thankyou!

      Regards,

      Pooja

      poojakbajaaj@gmail.com

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      Vibhavari 5 years ago from India

      Thanks Pooja

      I think khus curtains or bunches of khus root are available at most local grocery shops. (not the mall variety, but the local baniya)

      I've picked up stuff from a local exhibition of handicrafts in Pune.

      Look around in the local bazaars in Delhi, you will be sure to find them.

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      swati 4 years ago

      where can i get such curtains at baroda ?

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      nidhi 3 years ago

      Where i can buy khus curtain in mumbai

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      BRIJ MOHAN 2 years ago

      please tell me from where I can get the sleeper and hat

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      eknath kudekar 2 years ago

      khas

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      Dr. Prachi Shah 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for a detailed information. Do u know where I can get them in Mumbai apart from Crowfard market because it's not available there.

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      D. P. Karavade 2 years ago

      Like everybody I am also eager to know where one can get khus curtains. Vibhavari replies to Pooja that she can get them at grocery shops. That is the last place to get curtains or mats as she calls them. Even Khadi Gramodyog Bhandar don't seem to keep them. I searched extensively on the net but without any success. If anybody succeeds, please do share and place and price

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      SB 2 years ago

      Where can I buy khas curtains in hyderabad

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      Agarwal 2 years ago

      can yoy help me to buy the khus curtain in kolkata. Any address where I can contact in kolkata

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      Ramesh Shetye 2 years ago

      Where i can buy khus curtain in mumbai

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      Ramesh Shetye 2 years ago

      Where i can buy khus curtain in mumbai

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      jitendra 2 years ago

      You can get khus at "Burud Lane", next to Mandai Ganapati in Pune

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      Shailender 2 years ago

      Hello, where can i get khus chappal and khus round hats in hyderabad. Or any other place i can atleast get them by post. shailender_sga@yahoo.com, 9640888769

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      Akash 2 years ago

      Here's a good guy with reasonable rates for khus curtains in Delhi. He sits next to the Ring Road, near Ashram: 9818911227 (Rajkumar).

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      maureen 24 months ago

      do you know where I can get the curtains sent to the us?

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      ramanaraoa 22 months ago

      Can i get khu khus mates in any where i want delare ship.

      Contat me

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      9248708154

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      surekha 21 months ago

      Hi,

      can anyone tell me where to buy khus khus curtains in bangalore .

      Or is there any online site from where i can order.

      Please suggest.

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      Tanmoy 15 months ago

      Hi any body can say where will i get khus khus curtain in kolkata

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      Vishal 15 months ago

      Khus mats u can get in Masjid Bunder mumbai

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      Sandhya 15 months ago

      where can i get khus curtain in hyderabad

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      jay 14 months ago

      Hi, CAn any one suggest me from where I get this khus curtains in Mumbai

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      jay 14 months ago

      Where Can I get khus curtains in Masjid Bunder mumbai ? please let me know. Mob No 8433861079

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      Ajay 6 months ago

      Where can i get khus balcony curtains in Bangalore?

      Please share the number or address

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      Sameer 3 months ago

      from where we can buy a khus suppliers in mumbai

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      Rewa 5 weeks ago

      a nice article

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