Xiang Mao essential oil from the Young Living Taiwan Farm, has a fresh lemony scent that calms and refreshes while also said to enlighten the mind. Known in Taiwan as the “aromatic grass of rapid enlightenment,” Xiang Mao (Cymbopogon citratus) is grown, harvested and distilled on fertile, pesticide-free land and has been used for centuries as the source of aromatic oil in perfumery, flavorings, and herbal medicine. The subtle citrus taste adds a hint of lemon taste to beverages and adds an uplifting element to home cooking.
Xiang Mao is a rapid-growing, aromatic clump grass that can grow up to 6 feet tall. Young Living’s Xiang Mao essential oil, commonly known as red lemongrass, is an organic essential oil that is distilled from the Xiang Mao grass that is grown on the mountain slopes by the Paiwan aboriginal tribe in southeastern Taiwan. Xiang Mao (Cymbopogon citratus) grass blades capture the morning mist to water their root system. Xiang Mao grass requires NO irrigation, NO pesticides, and NO herbicides. Xiang Mao knows how to take care of itself on the Paiwan Tribal plantation 1000 feet above sea level. The Paiwan community, known as “Big Bird,” cooperates with Dr. Ginn Le of the Young Living partner farm in Taiwan to supply this exclusive essential oil.
More info from -Dr. Cole Woolley / We Live the Story™
“One of the two Taiwanese essential oils that debuted at Convention 2013 was Red Lemongrass – we call it Xiang Mao (She-young Mah-oh). Xiang Mao has a long history of agriculture and distillation in southeast Taiwan and the aroma is so familiar to them.
From 1895 to 1945, Taiwan was a Japanese Nation territory. The Japanese taught the native Taiwanese how to build roads, build railways, and follow modern farming practices. Besides growing rice, the Japanese taught the Taiwanese to grow and distill Xiang Mao for their growing industries of soaps, shampoos and cleaning products back in Japan.
Xiang Mao provided a lemony scent that was inexpensive, natural, and reliable. The farmers liked Xiang Mao because it is harvested 3 times per year and provided real money to buy other items. By 1920, more than 70,000 acres of Xiang Mao was being grown on small family farms in SE Taiwan with a community distiller for every 20-30 family farms. By 1940, farmers had planted 140,000 acres of Xiang Mao producing 50,000kg of essential oil each year.”
“After the Japanese occupation ended in 1945, the need for Xiang Mao stayed high for 15 years until synthetic alternatives in Japan became more popular.
The agricultural landscape and economy in SE Taiwan was force to change. Instead of Xiang Mao, rice was grown. Xiang Mao fields were replaced with pineapples, vegetables, and fruit orchards. When I arrived in 2013, less than 100 acres of Xiang Mao grass were being grown on less than 20 farms in the Taidong region. Most Xiang Mao farms had less than 5-10 acres planted of this tall, green grass.
The Xiang Mao industry was struggling to survive. The few remaining Xiang Mao farmers and distillers were making products for the growing number of tourists from China. Unfortunately, most Xiang Mao farms were located next to fruit orchards where pesticides and herbicides were commonly applied each Spring and Fall.
After two weeks of searching Dr. Lee, Tiger Lee, and I found the largest remaining Xiang Mao plantation in a pristine location.”
When I was at the Young Living Cooperative Taiwan Farm I had Tiger explain the characters of Xiang Mao to me. The character for Xiang means aromatic. However, when the character is separated it means flower, crop, or plant and the other half means sun. The character for Mao describes it as a grass of rapid enlightenment. Separated it means grass and a lance or some sort of a spear that is piercing through the mind (enlightenment).
Together it means = Aromatic Grass of Rapid Enlightenment”
“Dr. Lee, Tiger Lee, and I found the largest remaining Xiang Mao plantation in a pristine location. This plantation was located at 1000 feet above the sea shore and owned by a community of native Taiwanese – the Paiwan Tribe.
The Paiwan Tribe not only had nearly 100 acres of Xiang Mao ready to harvest, but also a new 1500 liter steam distiller near the Young Living Taiwan Farm. The quick and best solution was to allow the Paiwan Tribe the opportunity to grow, harvest, and distill Young Living’s Xiang Mao essential oil. This way Young Living is supporting over 1000 Paiwan Tribe members and families who rely mostly on tourism for income.
Within days the Paiwan tribe was expertly harvesting their Xiang Mao grass. It was like watching music being played as I watched the men and woman slowly move up and down the mountain harvesting Xiang Mao grass.
Two women who expertly grabbed each bundle, pulled out unwanted vines, and then selected a long blade of Xiang Mao that they wrapped around to tie together the bundle. The bundles were left out for 2-3 days to dry. where it was then distilled.”
“Xiang Mao distillation is done by The Paiwan Tribe in Taiwan. The Paiwan people distill the Xiang Mao from the mountain side where the Xiang Mao is organic and yields more oil than the Xiang Mao growing on the country side. Every 5ml bottle of Xiang Mao helps support the children and families of the Paiwan People.
Try it today and experience the rapid enlightenment of Xiang Mao!”
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HOW TO USE
- Diffuse, directly inhale, or apply topically.
- Topical: Apply 2-4 drops directly to desired area.
- Aromatic: Diffuse up to 1 hour 3 times daily.
- Diffuse during prayer and meditation, and/or apply 1 drop to temples to calm and relax the mind.*
- Create an organic, pesticide-free, natural and safe bug repellant with Xiang Mao, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Melaleuca Alternifolia, and Eucalyptus Blue.*
- The perfect natural additive to skincare and hair-care products.*
Cymbopogon citratus† (Red lemongrass) leaf oil.
- Keep out of reach of children.
- Dilution not required except for most sensitive skin.
- If pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition.
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