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Mandarin Essential Oil (citrus reticulata)

Mandarin Essential Oil (citrus reticulata)

Mandarin essential oil has a delicate, fresh, sweet, citrus scent with a perfumery note of top. The tree will grow to about 16 feet in height, with aromatic flowers and shiny leaves. The mandarin is mainly cultivated throughout the Mediterranean, Brazil and North America, but originates from China, the mandarins was brought to Europe in the early nineteenth century. The essential oil comes from the rind of the small orange fruit that is obtained by cold expression. Mandarin is named because the fruits were a traditional gift to the Mandarin lords of china for many centuries, although the fruits did not reach Europe until the 1880s. Today the mandarin is used in fruit compotes and many drinks. Mandarin is also used in soaps, cosmetics and perfumes.

Latin name: Citrus madurensis.

Family: Rutaceae.

Plant part used: Fruit peel and tree parts are used to obtain mandarin essential oil.

Extraction: Extraction is by expression.

Aroma: Mandarin oil has a sweet, tangy and delicate aroma, with floral undertones.

Blends well with: Chamomile, jasmine, many other citrus oils, sandalwood, fennel, frankincense, eucalyptus, clary sage, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, myrrh, myrtle, neroli, orange, patchouli, peppermint, petitgrain, pine, rose, ylang ylang and tea tree.

Using Mandarin Essential Oil


Please remember that essential oils are for aromatherapy use only and are not for ingesting!

Mandarin has an aroma like sweet, citrus smell of the fruit that the essential oil comes from, mandarin essential oil is gently uplifting and mildly sedative - and is a useful skin care ingredient.

Sleep Easy With Mandarin Oil
The mandarin oil is in harmony with other essential oils with gentle aromas like camomile, clary sage and sandalwood, that can help to quieten an overactive mind and will promote a restful sleep. Alongside relaxation techniques, try the recipes below for a good night of sweet dreams:

Tranquillity Blend
5ml diluted mandarin oil
5ml sweet almond carrier oil
1 drop pure camomile essential oil
1 drop pure clary sage essential oil

Gently massage a small amount of your blend into the back of the neck, onto the chest and over the solar plexus (this is where the rib-cage makes a v-shape).

Mandarin Mist Spray
You will need a funnel
25ml orange flower water
3 drops pure mandarin essential oil
2 drops pure clary sage essential oil
1 drop pure sandalwood essential oil

Use a funnel to pour the orange flower water into a small plant mister, or other suitable mist spray atomizer bottle. Add the essential oils and shake well. Just before bedtime, lightly spray your pillow and sheets, and allow to dry.

Lift Your Spirits With This Sunlight Shower Gel

15ml base shower gel
4 drops pure mandarin essential oil
1 drop pure petitgrain essential oil
1 drop pure ylang ylang essential oil

Pour onto a sponge and massage over your skin. After your shower, make and use a the lotion below.

20ml base body lotion or an unperfumed lotion
8 drops pure mandarin essential oil
2 drops pure neroli or petitgrain essential oil
2 drops pure ylang ylang essential oil

Aromatherapy Uses



Massage Blends

Relaxing and Seductive Blend
10ml diluted mandarin oil
2 drops pure sandalwood essential oil
1 drop pure jasmine essential oil

Warming, Enlivening Blend
10ml diluted mandarin oil
1 drop pure palmarosa essential oil
1 drop pure black pepper essential oil

Diy Projects
Mandarin oil can be used for making candles, shower gels and body lotions, face and body scrubs and lip balms. For massage try using it with oils from woods and resins - such as sandalwood, cedarwood and frankincense - or with oils from spices such as black pepper or coriander. Mandarin is also delightful with heady, floral oils, especially neroli, rose otto and ylang ylang. This oil will impart a cheerful note to your blends and aromatherapy diy projects that you choose to make, and can be used to mellow the mor

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