Mandarin Essential Oil <br/><em>Citrus reticulata</em>
The traditional Chinese symbol of good fortune and abundance, Mandarin oranges are truly that. They bring a cheerful, sweet happiness to all that life has to offer, and the petit orange itself offers an abundant cornucopia of uses, health benefits and spiritual pathways.
The sharp, sweet taste of mandarin is enjoyed internationally. From orange peel chicken to marmalade, the culinary world is infatuated with the deliciousness of mandarin. They’re used for fresh, sweet and tangy salads; savory dishes; side dishes; cooling desserts and ice cream, and cocktails.
Traditional Healing with Mandarin
While you may be most aware of mandarin orange’s culinary appeal, the citrus fruit offers so much more to the world. Thousands of years ago, Chinese healers used mandarin as a medicine. The peel of a mature mandarin orange, “chen pi” or “ju pi”, was used to relieve digestive issues such as gas and bloating. It was also used for respiratory issues related to excess phlegm. The immature mandarin orange peel was used for liver and stomach ailments. Such traditional usage isn’t a dying art and science though. The use of Mandarin orange and Mandarin oil in traditional healing is making a comeback today, and the orange is finding its way into modern complementary medicine.
Modern Mandarin Around the House
The uses for mandarin orange today abound. Did you know that Mandarin essential oil can be used in laundry? When used in the drying cycle, Mandarin oil naturally freshens linens and other clothing. When mandarin oil is coupled with yucca plant soap, laundry can be done all naturally and with no chemical mixtures. Mandarin oil can also be used to refresh rooms with its pure, clean citrus scent.
Making Mandarin Your Favorite Oil
Mandarin oil remains an exquisitely beneficial tool for helping to promote physical and emotional wellness. It’s also a terrific addition to your skincare routine and your spiritual pursuits. Here are just a few ways that mandarin oil can enrich and refresh your life.
- Reduces pain. A recent study in a U.S. hospital demonstrated that patients who were given mandarin orange oil aromatherapy reported less pain. They also experienced less nausea and anxiety, an added bonus. Other studies have found similar results, and there is some movement to use the terpenes found in mandarin orange oil to develop new pain-relieving analgesic medicines.
- Nausea Relief. Just as the ancient Chinese healers knew, mandarin oil has a positive effect to decrease nausea. Several studies have validated this effect.
- Heart Health. Mandarin oranges have a fairly high potassium content, a vital element in maintaining healthy heart function. This also helps manage a healthy blood pressure.
- Reduces Anxiety. The sweet smell of mandarin is universally appealing and relaxing, and it’s been shown to decrease feelings of anxiety and stress.
- Scar Reduction. The rich Vitamin C content of mandarin orange encourages the healing of various scars and stretch marks.
- Anti-ageing. Citric acid is a proven skincare ingredient for softening skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The oil’s combination of citric acid and high Vitamin C content is believed to boost collagen production, too, so the oil is a good choice to improve skin texture and firmness.
- Heart Chakra. What better scent to fill your heart with compassion, kindness and love than mandarin orange? Use the oil in your meditation aromatherapy to help open and balance your heart chakra.
- Positive Energy. Even spirit guides and angels are attracted to the sweet appeal of mandarin orange. Many people find that using the oil helps to call the positive energy and spirits into their realm.
Mandarin oil is actually one of the more mild, skin-friendly essential oils. Still, there are some precautions to take any time you are using a concentrated essential oil. Mandarin orange essential oil may cause some photosensitivity, so do not go out into the sun immediately after using it on your skin. Always wear sunblock. Check with a physician before using it with children or the elderly and with women who are pregnant or nursing.
- Botanical Name: Citrus reticulata
- Common Method of Extraction: Cold pressed
- Plant Part Typically Used: Peel
- Colour: Greenish orange
- Consistency: Thin
- Perfumery Note: Top
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
- Aromatic Description: sweet, juicy citrus