Botanical Name: Citrus reticulata
Part Used: Peels
Process: Steam Distillation
Plant Description: Native to eastern and southern Asia, including the Indonesian islands; grown commercially in Italy, Spain, Algeria, Cyprus, Greece, the Middle East, Florida, Argentina, and Brazil. Citrus reticulata is a small evergreen tree that grows to a height of 25 feet with long, glossy leaves and fragrant white flowers. Mandarin trees tend to be more cold-hardy than other citrus trees and the fruit ripens in late fall through mid-winter, depending on location.
Oil Description: Golden yellow to deep orange mobile liquid with a very sweet, delicate citrus aroma, usually a muted but rich floral undertone, sometimes a marine or fishy note, and a slightly bitter or dry back note. Although citrus oils are prone to turning sour, careful storage will prolong the shelf life: in dark, tightly capped glass bottles stored in a dry, cool, dark place, with little or no air space above the surface of the oil (and preferably with an injection of nitrogen or other inert gas to replace the air).
Historical/Traditional Uses: (more to come)
Aplications: In aromatherapy, Mandarin essential oil is well known for its benefits in skin care, for example when stretch marks may develop due to pregnancy or weight gain, and for skin that is prone to blemishes as well as for its soothing, calming and relaxing effect on the mind, thus it is indicated for overexcited children and insomnia. It also has a tonic effect on the digestive system and is useful for hiccoughs, loss of appetite, and sluggish digestion. In perfumery, Mandarin is considered a top note that imparts fresh yet warm citrus effects; it blends well with basil, bergamot and other citrus oils, black pepper, chamomile, cinnamon, clove, coriander, davana, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, neroli, nutmeg, palmarosa, petitgrain, and rose.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Mandarin essential oil is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. It is considered non-phototoxic due to the oil being distilled rather than pressed from the peels, however, we suggest using caution if skin is exposed to strong sunlight within the first 24 hours of application.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of this or any products from Ancient Ways Botanicals. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. For external use only. You are responsible for understanding the safe application of these products.