What is Mandarin oil? Mandarin oil is extracted from the Mandarin tree, or Citrus Reticulata. The tree is part of the Rutaceae family (or orange family) and is commonly found in South America, southern Europe, and Japan. Pure essential Mandarin oil is extracted from the outer peel of the fruit by means of a method known as cold compression. Steam distillation of the leaves and twigs of the tree is used to make Mandarin Petitgrain oil. Mandarin essential oil is golden yellow in color and has a fresh citrus aroma. The essential oil can be blended with other citrus oils, such as Neroli, and with spice oils such as clove, cinnamon, and Nutmeg.
Properties of Mandarin oil: Mandarin oil has several properties that make it an effective healer in most aromatherapy treatments. It is has antiseptic, antispasmodic, and diuretic properties, and is a laxative and digestive. Mandarin oil can also be used as a sedative as well as a stimulant. Mandarin oil contains metyl methylanthraniate and limonene as well as geraniol, citral, and citronellal. It is non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. Mandarin oil is extremely popular because it is safe and can be used by children as well as pregnant women.
Health Benefits of Mandarin oil: Mandarin oil can be used to treat digestive problems. It has a calming as well as stimulating effect on the liver, stomach, and intestines, and has been used for centuries as an effective cure for all digestion related ailments. It is especially useful for treating children and pregnant women. When mixed with a carrier oil such as sweet almond, safflower, or grape seed extract, Mandarin oil can also be used as a treatment for stretch marks, acne, oily skin, and age spots. Mandarin oil also plays a significant role in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Known as the “happy oil,” it is popular as a mood-lifter. It also helps to de-stress the nerves and soothe the mind. Finally, Mandarin oil can also be used to relieve muscle aches and cramps. Simply add 10 drops of Mandarin oil and 5 drops of Geranium oil to your bath water. Keep in mind that water does not mix with oil, and so it best to add the oils to a cup of milk first, and then add the milk to the water.
Other uses of Mandarin oil: Apart from its cosmetic and health-related uses, Mandarin oil is also useful around the house, owing to the antiseptic properties. It works as an excellent natural cleaner, which not only disinfects the room and but also has an uplifting fragrance.
Word of caution: If you have applied Mandarin oil onto your skin, it is best to stay indoors and avoid direct sunlight. The oil reacts poorly with sunlight and will leave brown spot on your s