Mandarin oranges are used in both ayurvedic and Chinese medicines. Mandarin is so named because fruit was a traditional gift to the Mandarin lords of China for centuries, although the fruit did not reach Europe until the 1880s. It is native to southern China and the Far East but is now grown for oil in North and South America, Europe and The West Indies.
Source: Citrus Reticulata is grown in Argentina.
Extraction: Mandarin essential oil is obtained by cold pressing the fruits.
Aroma: Mandarin essential oil has a smooth, sweet, floral-like citrus scent with a slight bitter undertone.
Fragrance note: Top.
Properties: Red Mandarin has antiseptic and toning properties which make it useful for treating acne and congested skin. It is also reputed to help prevent stretch marks. The aroma is strengthening and soothing and helps to quiet the mind. It is also used as a stomachic tonic when employed with massage.
Uses: Massage, baths, vaporization and may be added to base emollients.
Put a few drops of Mandarin essential oil in a hot bath for a deeply relaxing and uplifting soak, or inhale a few drops from a tissue whenever you feel tense or tired.
Blends well with: Basil, Black Pepper, Roman Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, Lemon, Myrrh, Neroli, Nutmeg, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.
Caution: Mandarin essential oil should be used in moderation as it may irritate skin, especially if it is exposed to sunshine after application. Always ensure proper dilution. Store in a cool, dark place.