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Mandarin, red

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General Properties of Mandarin Essential Oil

  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • calming
  • digestive stimulant
  • sedative
  • uplifting
Origin: Italy. Cold pressed from the peel. Top note.

Description of Mandarin Essential Oil

Mandarin essential oil is produced when the ripe fruit of the mandarin tree is expressed to produce a red essential oil. It is mainly produced in Italy, Brazil, Spain and China. Some of its main constituents are limonene, geraniol and citral.

Mandarin (or Tangerine as it is sometimes known)is a very gentle essential oil. It is a safer citrus essential oil for children, pregnant women and the elderly. Because of its gentle action, Mandarin essential oil is regarded as the children's remedy. One of its major applications is for treating digestive problems (mild antispasmodic, digestive stimulant). It has a tonic and stimulating effect on the stomach and liver, and it calms the intestines. This makes it wonderful for using on children when they get upset tummies or trapped gas. To utilize mandarin essential oil for this purpose, blend the essential oil into a massage oil and then massage onto the tummy. Massaged into the abdomen it can also help with gripe pains, hiccoughs, etc. (1% dilution for children). Always massage in a clockwise direction.

Mandarin essential oil may also help with water retention and as a lymph stimulant. On an emotional level, this essential oil may be helpful when faced with emotional shock or grief.

This essential oil blends well with Basil essential oil, Bergamot essential oil, Chamomile essential oil, Clary sage essential oil, Geranium essential oil, Grapefruit essential oil, Lavender essential oil, Neroli essential oil, Orange essential oil or Rose essential oil.

Specific Cautions for Mandarin Essential Oil

Mild photosensitizer, should not be used when going out of doors or under a tanning lamp. Avoid in the first trimester of pregnancy.

References about Mandarin Essential Oil

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications for Mandarin Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Citrus reticulata
Method of Extraction: Cold Pressed
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.