Benefits of Vetiver
It is described as cooling, refrigerant, stomachic and useful in pyrexia, thirst, inflammation, irritability of stomach, etc. People take Vetiver for nerve and circulation problems. Some women take it to start their menstruation or to cause an abortion.
Dose of Vetiver in Medicine
Vetiver enters into the composition of several cooling medicines, as for example, the preparation called Shadanga Paniya. A weak infusion of the root is sometimes used as a febrifuge drink.
Externally it is used in a variety of ways. A paste of the root is rubbed on the skin to relieve oppressive heat or burning of the body. This use of the drug appears to have been popular with the ancients.
An aromatic cooling bath is prepared by adding to a tub of water, the following substances in fine powder, namely, root of Andropogon muricatus, Pavonia Odorata (bala), red sandal wood and a fragrant wood called Padma Kashtha. The same medicines are reduced to a thin emulsion with water and applied to the skin.
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