Lemongrass is famously known for its pleasant lemon scent. Lemongrass is grown across Asia, India, Indonesia, and other tropical regions. This herb smells refreshing and is known to have properties to energize, repel mosquitos, and relieve muscle pain. The stem and leaf can be used in making tea and desserts but are also commonly found in cleaning detergent, spices, and in mosquito repellant. Taitung is free from industrial pollution, and the coastal area receives plenty of sunlight and boasts great soil,which is perfect for growing lemongrass. Home of DingYi, which is located in Chenggong Township, runs a B&B and also hosts fun activities such as the lemongrass essential oil extraction course.
Home of DingYi has set up all types of distilling machinery in the B&B and provides complete courses. Participants will learn about the principles of distilling, then they will put on their gloves and follow the teacher into the garden to collect lemongrass. After removing the impurities, the lemongrass is placed in a pot and heated up. The vapor will condense when cooled and separate into oil and liquid. Just like that, participants will have created some refreshing lemongrass essential oil. （Photo Credit: IG@hopechens）