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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — X — Xiang Mao (lemon grass)

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Xiang Mao is known in Taiwan as the “aromatic grass of rapid enlightenment.” It has been used for centuries as the source of aromatic oil in perfumery, flavorings, and traditional remedies. It was traditionally used to freshen household air, enlighten the mind, and moisturise skin. It was also used in folk remedies for its calming effects and to promote relaxation. –from Young Living Essential Oils

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Xiang Mao (cymbopogon citratus)

Xiang Mao (Cymbopogon citratus) commonly known as West Indian lemon grass, red lemon grass, or simply lemon grass, is a tropical plant native to Maritime Southeast Asia and introduced to many tropical regions. In its native range, Cymbopogon citratus is known as sereh, serai, or serai dapur in Indonesia and Malaysia; and tanglad, salai, or balioko in the Philippines.

Plant appearance: a perennial herb with long, sharp-edged blades. It grows in dense clumps best in tropical climates.

Part used: dried leaves

Therapeutic Uses: per healthline.com:  it is an antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, may help prevent gastric ulcers or relieve nausea, may ease diarrhea, may help reduce cholesterol, may help regulate blood sugar and lipids, may act as a pain reliever, may help relieve stress and anxiety, and may help relieve headaches and migraine.

Other uses: Beekeepers sometimes use lemon grass oil in swarm traps to attract swarms. Lemon grass oil has also been tested for its ability to repel the pestilent stable fly, which bite domestic animals.

Precautions: not to be taken internally; not to be used by pregnant or nursing women, or those with kidney or liver dysfunction

Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
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Clear Your Mind Diffuser Blend
–from Lala Essential Oils

3 drops lavender EO
3 drops geranium EO
3 drops cedarwood EO
3 drops Xiang Mao EO

52 thoughts on “A2Z 2020 — essential oils — X — Xiang Mao (lemon grass)

  1. Love lemon grass tea. When we moved to Doha, a friend gave me a plant and that plant has given so many babies, I’ve lost count. I have a couple in pots that I put near our entrance, as they seem to keep the mosquitoes out.

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  2. I’m drinking a cup of rooibos tea with lemongrass just now! I also use it in cooking and recently came across a jar of ready prepared minced lemongrass. Very easy to use, but not quite the same tang to its taste.

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  3. What a wonderful X entry. Lemongrass is one of those oils I like in small doses. I think of it as a sort of “brightener” but too much overwhelms me. But I’m definitely more tolerant of it in food and beverages.

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  4. Mmmm, that blend really would clear your mind. Just need geranium now 🙂
    So I guess wearing lemongrass as a perfume in summer would not be a good idea!

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