Vetiveria zizanoides: 1 definition


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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Cosmetics, Perfumery, Skin care and other Ayurvedic Beauty treatments

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Critical review of Ayurvedic Varṇya herbs

Vetiveria zizanoides (Sanskrit: uṣīra) is the name of a medicinal plant used in Ayurveda to promote skin care and enhance the beauty of the skin (varṇya).—Vetiveria zizanoides is an ecofriendly, perennial tussock grass that is used traditionally for various ailments but the commercially extracted Vetiver zizanoides essential oil (VZ-EO) has extensive applications in cosmetic industries. Over 150 compounds have been isolated from vetiver oil so far, the most abundant component being cedr-8-en-13-ol (12.4%) along with α-amorphene (7.80%), β-vatirenene (5.94%), α-gurjunene (5.91%) and dehydro-aromadendrene (5.45%). It has been reported that VZ-EO exhibits significant antioxidant activity and suppresses the β-MSH-induced melanogenesis thereby decreasing melanin production through tyrosinase inactivation and the simultaneous suppression of oxidative stress in B16 melanoma cells. Therefore, VZ-EO has the potential to become an ingredient in future hypopigmentation cosmetics.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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