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
Between meeting new teachers, stockpiling school supplies, and helping kids keep up with schoolwork, the beginning of school can be stressful. But don’t worry—the pressures and fast pace of the back to school season don’t have to put your family’s wellness in the backseat.
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Hit 250 PV with your September order and get a free Thieves® Spray, Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier three pack, 15-ml DiGize™, and 5-ml Eucalyptus Blue—worth $92.76 in retail! You can also reach 190 PV to earn the DiGize and Eucalyptus Blue.
Discover what makes these products perfect for your home:
Thieves Spray comes in a convenient, 1-ounce, take-anywhere spray bottle. It is ideal to clean surfaces at home or while traveling. Spritz on countertops, door handles, armrests, keyboards, and more for greater peace of mind!
Washing your hands with soap and water isn’t always an option. When you’re on the go, use Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier for a gentle, skin-friendly way to purify your hands with the power of Thieves!
Follow up a heavy meal with the refreshing, digestion-supporting essential oils in DiGize, which combines ginger, peppermint, fennel, lemongrass and other oils. Add a couple of drops to a carrier oil and massage on the abdomen or take internally in a vegetarian capsule.*
Eucalyptus Blue is grown and harvested with care at the Young Living farm in Ecuador. With a purifying, balanced scent, Eucalyptus Blue is popular for use at spas and in massages. Dilute this invigorating essential oil and apply to chest and throat, inhale directly, or diffuse for a cool, soothing vapor.†
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*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
†For external use only.
Young Living recently unveiled two new diffusers—TheraPro Premium Diffuser and Aria Ultrasonic Diffuser. One of these two diffusers will fit your style of diffusing Young Living essential oils. In this post, I really like the TheraPro diffuser.
TheraPro Premium Diffuser
If you’re after serious therapeutic diffusion, TheraPro is the best choice.
The engineer who partnered with Young Living created this all-in-one model, making sure the oil droplets coming out of the atomizer are the smallest ever—between one and three microns. Small micron size means quick respiratory absorption for quick therapeutic action. To test it out, simply slip in a 15 ml bottle of any eucalyptus Young Living essential oil in and experience the difference.
The atomizing diffuser in the TheraPro is a real work horse. I turned on four TheraPros at maximum capacity in late December 2009, hoping to burn out the motors after a few weeks of continuous work. Guess what? Those four diffusers are still going after more than six months, with no sign of slowing down. I’m completely impressed with its solid construction.
The TheraPro is revolutionary because there is no mess and no wasted oil. Your 15 ml bottle of oil simply screws right into the atomizer; the atomizer sucks up the oil, disperses the vapor into the air, and returns the unused oil right back to the bottle. Amazing!
On the back, the TheraPro has an interface that gives you complete control of the amount of oil diffused and for how long. If you want more oil, just turn up the air volume. Don’t want it on continuously? Simply use the duration controls.
Young Living’s TheraPro is the best diffuser to buy if you want extras. It comes with a free 15 ml bottle of Thieves essential oil blend. There are also two atomizers included in the TheraPro box. Oh, yeah, if you want to get more atomizers, just give Young Living Customer Care a call and, they’ll hook you up with an pack of three accessory atomizers.
Product Manager—Essential Oils
With such a large selection of great eucalyptus products offered by Young Living, it can be confusing to know which one is best for you. But once you understand more about the unique properties of each eucalyptus essential oil, you’ll have no problem picking one that fits your specific needs.
Let’s start with a brief history lesson: For centuries, native Australian aborigines traditionally used eucalyptus for body pains, sinus congestion, fever, and colds. It wasn’t until the mid 1800s that English doctors started experimenting with the oil and shared it with the rest of the world. Not surprisingly, most eucalyptus species are found in Australia. Have you heard of the famous “blue mists” in Australia? It happens because the eucalyptus sap exudes from the trees and wisps into the air, creating a hazy blue mist seen for miles around. Historically, it is said the blue mist keeps down fevers in nearby communities. A recent study might suggest that is wasn’t the eucalyptus that took down the fever, but inhibited the fever-carrying mosquitoes in the area. Now that’s what I call an essential oil diffuser!
So what makes eucalyptus essential oil work? Each eucalyptus species has its own unique combination of naturally-occurring plant chemicals, which are what produce an effect on the body. One of the major active ingredient in most eucalyptus species is eucalyptol (also called 1,8 cineole). Scientists are only beginning to validate the many positive effects of this constituent. In one study using rats, researchers saw significant anti-inflammatory effects in the gut in rats. Another laboratory experiment looked at the reduction effects of eucalyptus essential oils on specific respiratory pathogens.
Of the five eucalyptus essential oils Young Living offers, the most popular are Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus radiata. These two oils smell most like traditional eucalyptus oils (kind of like the vapor rub my mom lathered on my chest when I was kid). These oils also have a high percentage of 1,8 cineole: E. globulus has up to 80 percent eucalyptol and E. radiata can contain up to 75 percent of that active ingredient.
When speaking about eucalyptus options, I always suggest Eucalyptus polybractea as well. E. polybactea has high levels of 1,8 cineole and has the comforting medicinal scent one might expect from a eucalyptus product. It also is low in a compound called isovaleric aldehyde, which can irritate mucus membranes.
Interestingly, Eucalyptus dives has large amounts of eucalyptol and also high amounts of piperitone, which gives it a slight pepperminty and citrus scent. E. dives is excellent for use in a Young Living diffuser to purify the air. E. dives is considered the strongest of the eucalyptus species and generally should not be applied to those with skin sensitivities.
Lastly, Gary Young rediscovered a eucalyptus species in Ecuador he named Eucalyptus Blue.™ Eucalyptus Blue has significant amounts of eucalyptol plus high levels of alpha pinene. In fact, because of its levels of alpha-pinene, Eucalyptus Blue can be considered a natural R.C. blend. So, if you are looking for an R.C. alternative, Eucalyptus Blue is a great choice.
Eucalyptus Blue is my favorite eucalyptus because of its deep, warm aroma. I also like it because it doesn’t make my eyes water as much as some of the other eucalyptus oils (think of when you get peppermint close to your eyes).
As general guidelines, Eucalyptus globulus and E. dives are best applied topically or on the reflex points of the feet while Eucalyptus radiata, E. polybractea, and Eucalyptus Blue are more suitable for diffusing and inhalation.
If you still can’t decide which eucalyptus to try, a great place to start is with our Breathe Again™ Essential Oil Roll-On. This convenient product has a powerful punch of four eucalyptus essential oils (including Eucalyptus Blue)—perfect for supporting respiratory health and invigorating the senses.
Which eucalyptus essential oil is your favorite? Share how you use eucalyptus in the blog’s comments section.
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If you haven’t heard, Eucalyptus Blue is now available for purchase online. While I’m writing this blog post, I have a Eucalyptus Blue bottle open and am comparing its aroma with our other wonderful eucalyptus products. Eucalyptus Blue’s aroma is distinctive; it has a warm, earthy smell that’s very balanced. The scent is enveloping and captures the essence of its primitive origins.
Gary Young harvests Eucalyptus Blue from groves of trees found deep in the Guayaquil jungle and takes the leaves to his distillery at the Ecuador farm to distill this new Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ (YLTG) essential oil. Gary did a preliminary launch of this YLTG essential oil during 2008 Grand Convention in Salt Lake City, where it was only available to conference attendees. Because of the tremendous response, Gary has produced a supply to make this essential oil available to everyone.