Lemon Grass Oil Unit

Lemon grass grows wild and plentiful in the hills of Valaramkunnu, one of the tribal villages adopted by the Amrita SeRVe 101 village project in Kerala. The Live-In-Labs project under the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, in which students are sent to the field to identify opportunities and design solutions, took the initiative to work with the tribals .

A solar and electricity powered lemon grass unit was designed and installed for the distillation of essential oil. The AmritaSREE SHG, a group of shy forest dwellers, were patiently trained to work the unit. Now they earn a steady income from the wild grass at their doorsteps.