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Khas

Khas
Khas is a perennial herb which is cultivated for the production of a commercially important essential oil used in perfumes. Khas has cooling properties and is used for preparing Sherbet or flavored drinks during summers. This herb is a good source of omega fatty acids, vitamins, proteins, minerals and dietary fibers.
Khus helps to improve digestion as it is high in dietary fibers. Taking Khas root decoction for a few days helps manage rheumatic pain and stiffness due to its anti-inflammatory property. Consuming Khas churna helps manage diabetes by increasing insulin secretion due to its antidiabetic property.
Khas is also good for the skin due to its antioxidant property. Topical application of Khas oil helps heal acne scars and marks on the skin. It also helps manage oily skin and prevents the formation of stretch marks. Moreover, Khas oil can also be used as a pest killer and an insect repellent. As per Ayurveda, applying Khas essential oil on the scalp and hair helps control hair fall and promotes hair growth. This is due to its Snigdha (oily) property which removes excessive dryness from hair.
It is advisable to avoid Khas during cough and cold as it might lead to the formation and accumulation of mucus in the respiratory passages due to its Sita (cold) property which might cause difficulty in breathing[2-4][11].

What are the synonyms of Khas?

Vetiveria zizanioides, Adhaya, Sevya, Usir, Virina, Venarramula, Khaskhas, Cuscus Grass, Sugandhi Valo, Valo, Khasa, Gandar, Bena, Baladaberu, Mudivala, Lamanch, Bala Deberu, Ramaceam, Vetiver, Lamajja, Ramacham, Bala, Vala, Ushira, Benachera, Panni, Vilamichaver, Vetivelu, Vettiveru, Khus, Virana[1].

What is the source of Khas?

Plant Based

Benefits of Khas

What are the benefits of Khas for Medical abortion?

scientific
Modern Science View
Not enough scientific evidence is available to support the role of Khas in case of Abortion.

What are the benefits of Khas for Rheumatic pain?

scientific
Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available Khas is used to manage rheumatic pains. Few teaspoons of Khas root decoction should be taken for a few days to manage pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis[5][7].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Khas helps to reduce rheumatic pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Rheumatoid Arthritis is known as Amavata in Ayurveda. Amavata is a disease in which vitiation of Vata dosha and accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) takes place in the joints. Amavata starts with a weak digestive fire which leads to accumulation of Ama. This Ama is carried to different locations through Vata but instead of being absorbed, it gets accumulated in the joints. Khas helps to correct digestive fire and reduce Ama due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. It also has Vata balancing property and gives relief from the symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis like pain and swelling in the joints.
Tips:
1. Take 5-6 teaspoons of Khas juice.
2. Add to a glass of water and mix well.
3. Drink it before eating food once or twice a day to control the symptoms of rheumatic pain.

What are the benefits of Khas for Insomnia?

scientific
Modern Science View
Khas may be useful in managing insomnia due to the presence of antioxidants. It removes free radicals and acts as a sedative due to which it is used in aromatherapy to manage insomnia[4][5].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Khas is useful to induce a sound sleep. Ayurveda believes that an aggravated Vata dosha
makes the nervous system sensitive which leads to Anidra (insomnia). Khas gives calming effects on the nervous system due to its Vata balancing property.
Tips:
1. Take 5-6 teaspoons of Khas juice.
2. Add to a glass of water and mix well.
3. Drink it before eating food once or twice a day to get sound sleep.

How effective is Khas?

Insufficient evidence
Insomnia, Medical abortion, Rheumatic pain

Precautions when using Khas

Breastfeeding
scientific
Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available, avoid taking Khas during breastfeeding[5].
Pregnancy
scientific
Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available, avoid taking Khas during pregnancy as it may cause a miscarriage[5].

Recommended Dosage of Khas

  • Khas Juice - 5-6 teaspoons twice a day.
  • Khas Powder - ¼-1/2 teaspoon twice a day.

How to use Khas

1. Khas Juice (Sharbat)
a. Take 5-6 teaspoons of Khas juice.
b. Add to a glass of water.
c. Take before eating food once or twice a day.

2. Khas (Ushir) Churna
a. Take ¼-½ teaspoon of Khas (Ushir) Churna.
b. Mix with honey or water.
c. Take it after lunch and dinner.

Benefits of Khas

What are the benefits of Khas for Head lice?

scientific
Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available, Khas may be useful in managing head lice[5][12][13]

What are the benefits of Khas for Stress?

scientific
Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available, Khas may be used in aromatherapy to relieve stress[5][13][14].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Khas is very useful to alleviate stress when used externally and internally. Stress is usually attributed to an imbalance of Vata dosha, and often presents with irritability, irregular lifestyle, insomnia and fear. Using Khas oil as aromatherapy gives a calming effect and reduces stress. This is because of its Vata balancing and pleasant fragrance.
Tips:
1. Take 2-5 drops or as per your requirement of Khas oil.
2. Add it to your bathing water and take bath once a day to relax your body.

How effective is Khas?

Insufficient evidence
Head lice, Stress

Recommended Dosage of Khas

  • Khas Powder - ½-1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.
  • Khas Oil - 2-5 drops or as per your requirement.

How to use Khas

1. Khas Powder
A. With Honey or Milk
i. Take ½-1 teaspoon Khas powder.
ii. Mix with honey or milk and make a paste.
iii. Apply on the affected area once a day.
iv. Wash off with plain cool water after 1-2 hours.

2. Khas Essential Oil
a. Take 2-5 drops or as per your requirement of Khas oil.
b. Add it to your bathing water and take bath once a day to relax your body.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What do you use Khas essential oil for?

scientific
Modern Science View
Khas essential oil is known as the ‘oil of tranquility’ as it has a calming effect due to which it can be used to de-stress. It can give relief from anxiety, nervous tension, menstrual cramps, muscular pains as well as restlessness. It has antioxidant and aphrodisiac properties, can heal scars and marks on skin and can be applied to manage headaches. Moreover, Khas oil can also be used as a pest killer and an insect repellent.

Q. Where do I apply Khas essential oil?

scientific
Modern Science View
Khus essential oil can be applied to the muscles to soothe them and reduce the pain. It can also be applied to the wrist, neck, chest and forehead to reduce stress and anxiety as well as headaches.

Q. How does Khas smell like?

scientific
Modern Science View
The essential oil of Khus has a distinct woody, smokey and earthy aroma. It is used extensively in the perfumes, cosmetics and soaps. It is also used as a flavoring agent in beverages.

Q. Does Khas sharbat help stop vomiting?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Khas sharbat can help stop vomiting. It consist of constituents like volatile oils that blocks the activity of certain chemicals which further helps to stop involuntary movements in the body like vomiting[15].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
es, Khas sharbat helps to control or stop vomiting. Khas is an effective remedy to improve digestion and correct digestive problems like vomiting. Khas has Pachan (digestive) property which helps to correct indigestion and eventually control vomiting.
Tip
1. Take 5-6 teaspoons of Khas juice.
2. Add to a glass of water and mix well.
3. Drink it before meals once or twice a day to control vomiting sensation.

Q. Is Khas good for headaches?

scientific
Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available, Khas may be useful in managing headaches. Various tribes that practice traditional medicine use the root extract to manage a headache. Some tribes burn the Khas grass and inhale the smoke to get relief from headaches[8][9].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Khas helps to reduce a stress-induced headache when used externally. Khas powder or its oil alleviate stress, fatigue and relaxes the tensed muscles. This is because of its Vata balancing nature.

Q. Is Khas good for ADHD?

scientific
Modern Science View
ADHD or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a bevavioral disorder usually affects children and might continue to adulthood. Some of the symptoms of ADHD are restlessness, impulsive behavior and poor attention. Khas essential oil has a calming effect on the brain nerves. It may be used in aromatherapy to manage ADHD[5][6][10].

Q. Can Khas cause diarrhea?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
No, Khas cannot cause diarrhea, in fact, it helps to improve the digestive fire and helps to digest the food. This is due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties.

Q. Does Khas cause nightmares?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
No, Khas does not cause any nightmares, in fact, it helps to relax and calm the mind. It promotes sound sleep due to its Vata balancing property.

Q. Does Khas sharbat help stop vomiting?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Khas sharbat can help stop vomiting. It consist of constituents like volatile oils that blocks the activity of certain chemicals which further helps to stop involuntary movements in the body like vomiting[15].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Khas sharbat helps to control or stop vomiting. Khas is an effective remedy to improve digestion and correct digestive problems like vomiting. Khas has Pachan (digestive) property which helps to correct indigestion and eventually control vomiting.
Tip
1. Take 5-6 teaspoons of Khas juice.
2. Add to a glass of water and mix well.
3. Drink it before meals once or twice a day to control vomiting sensation.

Q. Is Khas useful in the treatment of urinary disease?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Khas is useful to manage urinary diseases. This is due to the presence of tannins that possess antibacterial activity and is effective against many bacterial and fungal strains[2][16].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Khas is useful to manage urinary diseases. This is due to the presence of tannins that possess antibacterial activity and is effective against many bacterial and fungal strains[2][16].
Tip
1. Take 5-6 teaspoons of Khas juice.
2. Add to a glass of water and mix well.
3. Drink it once or twice a day to reduce burning sensation while urinating.

Q. Is Khas useful in the treatment of piles?

scientific
Modern Science View
There is not enough scientific evidence to support the use of Khas in the treatment of piles.
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Khas might help manage piles. This is due to its Pachan (digestive) property. It helps to improve poor digestion and reduce the symptoms of piles like pain and burning sensation while passing stool.
Tip
1. Take 5-6 teaspoons of Khas juice.
2. Add to a glass of water and mix well.
3. Drink it once or twice a day to reduce the symptoms of piles

Q. Does Khas help in fighting against fever?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Khas is helpful in reducing fever. The decoction prepared from its roots have antipyretic property. Fever might result due to tissue damage, infection or any underlying diseases causing body temperature to gradually increase. Khas roots when used internally or externally helps to control body temperature by reducing heat and thus helps in fighting fever by normalizing the body temperature[18].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Khas helps to reduce the symptoms of fever due to accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) and an aggravated Pitta in the body. Khas has a property to reduce Ama and balances Pitta dosha.
Tip
1. Take 5-6 teaspoons of Khas juice.
2. Add to a glass of water and mix well.
3. Drink it once or twice a day to reduce the symptoms of fever.

Q. Does Khas help in controlling diabetes?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Khas might help control high blood sugar level due to its anti-diabetic activity. This is due to the presence of certain chemical constituents in Khas[8].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Khas helps to maintain normal blood sugar levels. It helps to reduce Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) due to its Pachan (digestive) property and Ama is the prime cause of high sugar level in the blood.
Tip
1. Take 5-6 teaspoons of Khas juice.
2. Add to a glass of water and mix well.
3. Drink it once or twice a day to manage diabetes.

Q. Is Khas good for the skin?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Khas may be good for the skin. Khas oil balances the activity of oil glands thereby managing oily skin and acne. It also moisturizes dry, dehydrated skin and has a replenishing effect on the skin in case of older people. Khas oil may also soothe cut, inflamed and irritated skin and also prevents the formation of stretch marks[11].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Khas or its oil is good for skin problems when applied externally because it reduces inflammation and gives a cooling effect on the affected area. This is due to its Ropan (healing) and Sita (cold) property.

Q. Is Khas good for hair?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Khas essential oil helps to control hair fall and promote hair growth when applied on the scalp. This is because hair fall is mainly due to an aggravated Vata dosha in the body. Khas essential oil acts on hair fall by balancing Vata dosha. It also promotes new hair growth and removes excessive dryness. This is due to its Snigdha (oily) and Ropan (healing) properties.

Q. Is Khas oil good for acne?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Khas oil balances the activity of oil glands thereby managing oily skin and acne[11].

Q. Is Khas oil good for the face?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Khas oil may be good for the face. It rehydrates dry, dehydrated skin, balances oil and helps manage acne. Khas oil may also be useful in soothing wounded, irritated and inflamed skin[11].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Khas oil is good for the face when applied after diluting with almond oil. It helps to reduce wrinkle and adds a glow to the skin. Applying Khas oil helps in controlling wrinkles and increases moisture content in the skin because of its Snigdha (oily) nature. It also reduces inflammation and helps in quick healing due to its Ropan (healing) property.

Q. Is Khas beneficial during chicken pox?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Khas oil is beneficial during chicken pox due to its healing property. It helps in the formation of new tissue so as to accelerate the healing and recovery from chicken pox scars[17].

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