What’s the differences between Lemongrass and the Red Lemongrass (Xiang Mao)


Also known as the Red Lemongrass, this essential oil hails from South East Asia. So you might ask… what’s the difference between Xiang Mao and the usual Lemongrass? 

Here’s what I’ve found out: 

  1. Aromatic properties: Xiang Mao has a stronger, sweeter, and more floral scent than Lemongrass, which has a more pungent, herbal, and lemon-like aroma.
  2. Culinary uses: Although both plants are used in Southeast Asian cuisines, they are used in different ways. Xiang Mao is used in curries, soups, and stews, while Lemongrass is used in teas, marinades, and stir-fries.
  3. Medicinal benefits: While both plants have similar medicinal benefits, Xiang Mao is considered to be more potent and effective in treating digestive issues, while Lemongrass is used more often to treat respiratory issues.

Personally I’ve also found that Xiang Mao is one of the “fiercest” essential oils in safeguarding our bodies from the yucks too! Who wants to be sick anyway? 

Key constituents in Xiang Mao: 

  1. 60% to 75% Citral – This creates an antinociceptive effect. Antinociceptive refers to the ability of a substance or treatment to reduce or block the sensation of pain. Antinociceptive substances work by affecting the transmission of pain signals in the nervous system, either by blocking pain receptors or by reducing the release of neurotransmitters that signal pain. They can be used to treat various types of pain, including acute pain, chronic pain, and neuropathic pain.
  2. 11 to 16% Citronellol : Analgesic effect, similar to antinociceptive, where it helps to reduce and block pain too.

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