Ushira also known as Vetiver has a botanical name Vetiveria Zizanioides. It is known by name Khus Khus grass. In Kannada Vitever is known as Lavancha. It belongs to the Poaceae family. This tufted grass is available throughout the plains of India up to a height of 1200 m. Vetiver is known for its perfumery and medicinal value since ancient times.
Based on principles of Ayurveda ushira is light to digest and dries up the tissues. It acts as a body coolant and normalises pitta and Kapha. This herb is appreciated for its cooling and cleansing properties.