Xiang Mao—Young Living’s Newest Single Essential Oil

2 January 13, 2014 - Archive

Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young has a passion for traveling the world in search of new essential oils. One of these new oils, Xiang Mao, was discovered high in Taiwan’s southeastern mountain slopes and is grown by the aboriginal Paiwan tribe. 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.

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.

Xiang Mao Benefits:

  • Useful as an all-natural way to clean
  • Keeps skin moisturized and fresh and may support skin in addressing blemishes*
  • Adds a hint of lemon taste to your favorite beverages

Ways to Use Xiang Mao:

  • 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 Dorado Azul, Citronella, and Myrtle to create a powerful, pesticide-free, natural, and safe insect deterrent. (Additional essential oils that could be used with Xiang Mao for an insect repellant include Patchouli, Cedarwood, Melaleuca Alternifolia, and Eucalyptus Blue.)
  • Use the above-mentioned oils to create a natural bug spray that is safe enough to apply directly to your skin. (Use 10–20 drops of each oil in a base of distilled water or drop the oils into standing water around your yard and home to help prevent mosquitoes.)
  • 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 new single oil.

As always, we’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below telling us how you use Xiang Mao!

—Heidi Jeanfreau, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager



  • Danielle July 26, 2016 - 1:27 pm Reply

    So are we allowed to say insect repellant when it comes to YLEO’s?

    • Young Living July 28, 2016 - 10:01 am Reply

      Hi Danielle, We are unable to advise or recommend any essential oils for this specific purpose as it may be considered an implied claim by the FDA. Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Shereen October 3, 2015 - 6:59 am Reply

    How can Xiang Mao be used for skin blemishes/breakouts?

    • Young Living October 6, 2015 - 2:00 pm Reply

      Hi Shereen! Please refer to the topical usage directions on the product label. If you need further instruction, please speak with a health care provider for recommendations to address your specific concern. We hope this information helps!

  • Sofia September 27, 2014 - 8:46 am Reply

    For the furniture polish recipe, are you saying to use 20 to 30 drops of Xiang Mao with 1/2 cup of olive oil?

    • productblog September 30, 2014 - 8:22 am Reply

      Hi Sofia – yes, 23-30 drops of Xiang Mao with 1/2 cup of olive oil. Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  • Defense Soap January 21, 2014 - 11:53 pm Reply

    Essential oils have been used for thousand of years as they
    are both good for health and as well as for skin but most of the time essential
    oils must not be applied directly to skin because it can harm skin so its
    important to do a skin test by placing some drops of oil on patch of skin.

  • Babette January 13, 2014 - 8:12 pm Reply

    Caught my attention with, “It may also be used for a daily boost of encouragement”. Who couldn’t use a daily dose of encouragement? I just placed it on my ER order. 🙂

  • Terrie January 13, 2014 - 6:41 pm Reply

    Heidi Jeanfreau, you wrote “Make an all-natural soap with this new single oil.” do you have a recipe or were you referring to mixing the Xiang Mao with the YL Bath & Shower Gel Base?

    • Heidi Jeanfreau January 22, 2014 - 11:06 am Reply

      Hi Terrie! Yes you can add Xiang Mao to YL Bath & Shower Gel Base and I’ve also included a soap recipe below. Enjoy!

      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
      • Natural dies, food coloring (optional)

      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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