Mandarin Essential Oil

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Mandarin Essential Oil 100% PureBotanical Name: Citrus reticulata Blanco
Plant Family: Rutaceae
Country of Origin: Italy
Plant Part: Outer Peel
Growth Method: Organic
Extraction Method: Cold Pressed
Color: Yellow to Orange-red
Consistency: Thin
Strength of Aroma: Light

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata Blanco), sometimes referred to Common Mandarin, is considered a native of China and Southeast Asia. It is most abundantly grown in Japan, southern China and India. Trees of Mandarin are evergreen, seldom exceeding 9 m (30 ft) high. The leaves are shinny and oval, and the flowers are small, white and fragrant. Mandarin resembles what is known as Tangerine in the United States, and the terms Mandarin and Tangerine are used interchangeably; however, in the citrus trade, the term “Tangerine” is strictly applied to those with orange-red skin while “Mandarin” is reserved for the yellow fruit varieties.

Moreover, there exist significant differences in the fragrance and chemical composition in the essential oils of Mandarin and Tangerine. Mandarin essential oil has a sharper floral fragrance, and is generally preferred for therapeutic purposes. It is one of the safest oils often recommended for children and for use during pregnancy. The genuine Mandarin essential oil is usually produced on a limited scale, which often depends on the demand for fresh Mandarins in the local and export market. In Italy, most of the fruit is utilized primarily for consumption; only a small percentage (5 -6%) serves for the extraction of oil. Therefore, Mandarin (Citrus reticulata Blanco) essential oil is usually more expensive than other citrus oils.

One of the major applications of Mandarin essential oil is in treating digestive problems, as it has a tonic and stimulant effect on both the digestive function and the liver. Its antispasmodic properties can stimulate appetite and have a calming effect on the intestinal tract. It has been found to be even more effective when used in a synergistic combination with other citrus oils.

Mandarin is also widely regarded as a ‘happy’ oil that lifts away feelings of irritability and sadness. It is extremely useful for those who suffer from stress, nervous tension and anxiety to the point where they find it difficult to sleep and relax at all. It has a marked sedative quality, which derives from a calming influence rather than a soporific one. Its slightly hypnotic effect is often useful to help small children at bedtime especially when they’ve become overtired or hyperactive.

Mandarin essential oil is also a famous moisturizing agent. It is used extensively, and often the main ingredient, in stretch-mark prevention cream, which helps to prevent and reduce the appearance of existing stretch marks in the abdomen area. It is one of the very few oils which can be used during pregnancy, as it will not harm either the mother or the developing child. It usually works best as a preventer during the early stage of pregnancy, before the stretch-marks develop.

Mandarin essential oil possesses a very delicate aroma, a nice sparkly citrus, true to the scent of its fresh-peeled fruits. It has distinctive, sweet, citrus top notes and deep, warm, floral undertones to which it owes its value in perfumery works. A wonderful mixture can be created by mixing it with Neroli, Ylang-ylang, Rose and Jasmine.

The delicious fragrance of Mandarin is stimulating, refreshing and revitalizing. It creates a feeling of joy and hopefulness.

  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Coriander
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Sweet Orange
  • Neroli
  • Petitgrain
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Tangerine

Mandarin essential oil is generally regarded as non-toxic and non-irritating; however, like many other citrus oils, Mandarin oil is phototoxic. The amount of Mandarin used in any formula that is allowed to stay on the skin should not exceed 0.04%.

Do not take essential oils internally or use without the guidance of a qualified practitioner. The information provided here is for general use only and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment. Pregnant women should always consult their physician prior to using.

Essential Oil Index: A B C D E F G H J L M N O P R S T V Y

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