Essential Oil Mandarin (15 mL)
Essential Oil Mandarin
Aroma: Very sweet, citrusy, fruity.
Traditional Use: highly prized throughout history and has been used in many folk medicine traditions, including traditional Chinese, Indian and European.
Properties: antiseptic, antispasmodic, circulatory, cytophylactic, depurative, digestive, hepatic, nervous relaxant, sedative, stomachic and tonic substance.
How to Use: Inhalation, Diffusion, Topical
Blends well with: neroli, grapefruit, orange, lime, lemon, bergamot, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, frankincense, lavender and nutmeg.
Safety: Avoid while pregnant. Not intended for internal use.
HISTORY OF USE
Mandarin essential oil (Citrus reticulata) has a delicious aroma that brings a feeling of joy and happiness to any occasion, and is appreciated equally by young and old alike. Mandarin is actually the collective name given to a class of oranges that possess thin, loose peel and a flavour much sweeter than that of the orange. This large group of citrus fruits are all characterised by brightly coloured peel and pulp, segments that separate easily and a rind that is easy to peel.
The true origin of any citrus fruit is difficult to determine due to the vast number of natural hybrids, cultivated varieties and natural mutations in existence, all of which conspire to obscure their history and provenance. And mandarin is certainly no exception! Although the true origin of Citrus reticulata has not yet been determined, most botanical references suggest that it is probably native to Indo-China or South China since ancient texts indicate they have been cultivated in China since the 12th century BC.
Wherever it originated, it was not until 1805 that Citrus reticulata was introduced to Europe by the natural historian Sir Abraham Hume, who brought two cultivars back to England from China. It is thought that from England the mandarin was next introduced to Malta, and then to Sicily and continental Italy. Henceforth, the species grown in this area was the Mediterranean mandarin (Citrus reticulata var. deliciosa), and is now of great agricultural importance in the Mediterranean basin.
The Satsuma mandarin (Citrus unshiu) probably originated in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province in China, since records of its cultivation go back to around 400 AD. At some point its origin of Wenzhou was mistranslated to Unshiu. From China mandarin was taken to Japan and first recorded circa 1300 AD. Satsuma is now the most popular mandarin cultivar grown and consumed in Japan, and interestingly, Satsuma was the name of a former province located on the southern tip of Kyushu Island in Japan, which is now known as Kagoshima Prefecture.
Of all the citrus oils, Mandarin Oil is the sweetest and tends to be the most calming. It is considered very uplifting. Aromatically, it blends well with many other essential oils including citrus, floral, wood, spice and herb families of oils.
Mandarin Essential Oil is a favorite of children and parents. If desiring to diffuse a citrus oil in the evenings before bed or with children, Mandarin Essential Oil may be the best choice.
In Chinese medicine, the unripe peel was used for chest pain, gastro-intestinal disorders and cirrhosis of the liver, since it is believed to regulate liver Qi. Likewise it acts on the spleen and lungs and is used to relieve phlegm and hiccoughs. In France and other European countries the fruit and peel is used as a remedy to treat indigestion and hiccoughs with the elderly and young children.
Mandarin essential oil is versatile and adaptable. Generally regarded as safe for use with children.
Circulatory: The oil of mandarin oranges also improves the circulation of blood and lymph, particularly below the skin, which keeps the skin rejuvenated and looking young and vibrant. This improved circulation also creates warmth and provides relief from rheumatism and arthritis. This also aids growth and boosts immunity.
Depurative: It purifies the blood by helping remove toxic and unwanted substances from the body by means of excretion, including urine, fecal matter and sweat. This prevents diseases that result from the deposition of toxins, such as abscesses, boils, acne, gout, and arthritis.
Digestive: A few drops of this oil after lunch or dinner facilitates digestion by stimulating the discharge of digestive juices and bile into the stomach. It also increases the appetite.
Hepatic: This oil is good for the liver as it helps to maintain the proper discharge of bile from it and protects it from infections. It also strengthens the liver and optimizes its functions.
Nervous Relaxant: Although the oil is a common sedative, its sedating action is more prominent in relaxing and calming nervous afflictions and disturbances. It can calm attacks of epilepsy, hysteria and convulsions. Furthermore, it removes stress and anxiety.
Cytophylactic: The essential oil of mandarin also promotes the growth of new cells and tissues, thereby helping to speed the healing time of wounds and other signs of wear & tear. This also promotes proper growth of the body.
Tonic: Mandarin essential oil tones up overall health and boosts the function of the immune system. Being a tonic, it helps in the growth and proper functioning of the body by toning up all the organic systems functioning in it, including the respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, circulatory, neurotic, excretory, nervous, and endocrine systems. It also boosts the overall immune system of the body.
Sedative: The essential oil of mandarin oranges is a reputed sedative for inflammation and nervous disturbances.
Stomachic: This oil helps maintain the acid and base balance in the stomach and protects it from ulcers and other disorders. It also fights any infections in the stomach.
This essential oil relieves stress, cures skin disorders, maintains moisture balance in the skin, treats diarrhea, constipation, flatulence and other such disorders related to digestive and excretory systems, while also diminishing scars, stretch marks, and fat cracks on skin.
A Few Words of Caution
It has been known to show photo-toxicity and it may produce irritation in some skin types.
Caution: NEVER USE INTERNALLY without consulting professional medical help
- Not recommended for pregnant women and infants.
Individuals with serious and chronic health issues should consult an expert prior to using oils.
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