Like other quality citrus essential oils, mandarin is obtained by cold expression of the peel of the fruit. The result is an essential oil that has a sweet citrus aroma. Green mandarin tends to have a softer more floral aroma, while red mandarin’ aroma is more pungent.
French aromatherapists consider mandarin to be one of the safest essential oils. Hence, it is used in children’s remedies and by pregnant women as well as for the elderly.
It is often used for hiccups and to soothe indigestion. It may also support the liver. Like all citrus oils, mandarin is photosensitizing, which means that topical use may cause skin to burn more quickly and more deeply in sunlight or from tanning beds.
Botanical Name: Citrus reticulata
Odor Intensity: Low (green) to Medium-High (red)
Aroma: fresh, citrus, lively.
Part Used: Peel
Properties: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, diuretic (mild), sedative, tonic.
Emotional Concerns: stress, tension, moodiness, shock.
Contraindications: photosensitizing; do not use on skin prior to sun exposure.
Mandarin Oily Skin Toner:
6 oz. distilled water
3 drops Mandarin
2 drops Lemon
1 Tbsp Witch Hazel
Combine ingredients in a glass bottle. Shake mixture before use. Shelf life of about a month.
For an even more natural toner, make an infusion of 1 heaping Tbsp of dried Witch Hazel herb in 1 cup of boiling water. Allow the mixture to steep for 10 minutes, then strain. Substitute the infusion for the distilled water and the prepared witch hazel in the above recipe.
Stretch Mark Prevention:
6 drops Mandarin
4 drops Neroli
2 drops Geranium or 3 drops Lavender
1 tsp each fresh flaxseed oil, fresh hazelnut oil, fresh rose hip seed oil
1 Tbsp of quality base oil such as Wheat germ
1 Vitamin E capsule, cut open and added to mixture
1 ounce cocoa butter.
Melt Cocoa butter slowly over low heat in a small, stainless steel pan. Remove from heat and stir in the vegetable oil and vitamin E. Add the essential oils last, as the mixture is cooling.
High-quality carrier oils turn rancid very quickly and should be stored in the refrigerator. You can find flax seed oil in the refrigerated section of your health food store. If you cannot locate the rose hip seed oil or hazelnut oil, the recipes will still be effective. Instead, increase the base oil to 1 ½ Tbsp.