Xiang Mao (Red Lemongrass)
Commonly known as red lemongrass, Xiang Mao means “aromatic grass for rapid enlightenment” and is a rapid-growing clump grass that can grow up to 6 feet tall. D. Gary Young discovered this oil high in Taiwan’s southeastern mountain slopes and is grown by the aboriginal Paiwan tribe.
Xiang Mao was traditionally used to freshen household air, enlighten the mind, and moisturize skin. It was also used in folk medicine for its calming effects and to promote relaxation. Xiang Mao’s benefits and versatility make it ideal for many everyday uses.
How to use: For aromatic or topical use. Diffuse, inhale, or add to bath water. Apply to crown of head, back of neck, behind ears or inside wrists. Possible skin sensitivity.
- Diffuse or apply a drop of Xiang Mao to your temples to support positive meditation and promote calm and relaxing feelings. It may also be used for a daily boost of encouragement.
- Diffuse Xiang Mao alone or with Citronella to help enjoy the outdoors annoyance free.
- Mix Xiang Mao with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex and apply to your feet following a warm bath to encourage relaxation.
- Use this oil as a cleansing agent to help purify surfaces. Add it to Thieves® Household Cleaner or add 20–30 drops in a small spray bottle of distilled water and use it on countertops. For furniture polish, use the same mixture, adding ½ cup olive oil to protect and nourish wood furniture.
- Use Xiang Mao in Young Living’s Bath & Shower Gel Base for a clean, refreshing aroma at bath time.
- Make an all-natural soap with this single oil:
Homemade Vegetable base Glycerin soap:
Things you’ll need:
• Glycerin Vegetable soap base
• YL Xiang Mao Essential Oil (or preferred YL single or blend essential oil)
• Rubbing Alcohol (or YL Thieves spray)
• Candy Thermometer
1) Melt one pound of glycerin soap base in a double boiler. The temperature should be about 155 degrees F (68 degrees Celsius)
2) Remove from heat and add 10-30 drops, depending on desired strength of aroma, of YL Xiang Mao Essential oil (or other preferred YL essential oil.)
3) Pour into a soap, candle, or candy mold. Spray the mold lightly with rubbing alcohol (or YL Thieves spray,) to help prevent bubbles. If there are bubbles, let them rise to the top and spray tops with rubbing alcohol to make the bubbles disappear.
4) Let the soap set up for a half hour, then put the soap molds in the freezer for 30 minutes.
5) Remove from the freezer and allow the molds to sit for 10 minutes. The soap should pop right out.
Options: Add herbs/flowers such chamomile, lavender for a decorative effect. Add oatmeal or ground up walnut shells to act as an exfoliant.
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