Vetiver or Khus, is a type of grass that grows up to six feet high. Like all grass it has fibrous 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.
Plants soften the heat of summer. They create a more cooling environment as they don’t absorb and emit heat the way concrete does. And they cool us through our senses. Plants also mirror to us how much we benefit from the natural world. When it’s hot, some plants have the capacity to transmute heat and sun into something that cools and calms. Vetiver or Khus is one of these plants.