Mandarin essential oil is one great oil that deals with various physical and sometimes even internal problems in the most efficient of manner, its manner of using differ though. It even depends on how one uses it according to which it benefits are gauged.
Mandarin (citrus reticulata) is native to China; the fruit of the Mandarin tree was a traditional gift offered to the Mandarins, hence the origin of its European name. The names Mandarin and Tangerine are both commonly used to describe the same essential oil; Mandarin is the common name used in Europe whereas Tangerine is the name used in America.
However, although the same species with the same botanical name, botanically the actual fruit of the tree has very subtle differences in color, shape and size. Tangerines are generally cultivated in the U.S. whereas Mandarins are generally cultivated elsewhere.
Mandarin has been used in ancient China for centuries; the Chinese believed that Mandarin strengthened both the digestive and liver functions. In France, Mandarin is used as a safe remedy for children in –
- Digestive problems
Mandarin is considered to be a very gentle and safe essential oil, when used correctly.
The Mandarin is a small, evergreen tree which grows up to 20 feet in height; it has small orange-like fruits (not to be confused with those of the Orange tree), fragrant flowers and glossy leaves. The Mandarin is of the Rutaceae plant family and was firstly brought to Europe in 1805, and then to the USA in approximately 1845 (where it became known as the Tangerine).
Just to tell you, there is a list of difference between the two, so please do not confuse. The differentiation between Mandarin and Tangerine is shown in where the Mandarin is produced today. Italy, Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Brazil, the Middle East and Algeria produce the Mandarin; the US states of Florida, Texas and California, in addition to Guinea, produce the Tangerine.
Technically, the Tangerine is larger and rounder than the Mandarin and is more yellow in color; however, both Mandarin and Tangerine oil are commonly used for the same purposes in aromatherapy, in addition to being sold as one and the same.
Okay, now have a look at our reference links –