Mandarin essential oil is the one gem in the field of essential oils. I remember my sister used to use it for her digestive issues. Half of her life she had constipation and the consumption of this oil made her relieved and it could easily be gauged from her face.
Mandarin is a citrus fruit which is also known as Mandarin Orange or Tangerine. But there is a slight difference. Mandarin is more yellow in colour and come with pips while Tangerine is more orange in colour and is without pips. So, Mandarin Essential Oil is also called Tangerine Essential Oil. The botanical name of both of these plants is Citrus Reticulata, which shows that they are same. As the name suggests, Mandarin plant is native to China from where it went to Europe and now Italy is one of the biggest producer of Mandarin Oil.
The health benefits of Mandarin Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti septic, anti spasmodic, circulatory, cytophylactic, depurative, digestive, hepatic, nervous relaxant, sedative, stomachic and tonic.
The essential oil is extracted by cold compression of the fresh peels of these fruits and contains are –
- Alpha thujone
- Alpha pinene
- Beta pinene
- Gamma terpinolene
- Methyl methylanthranilate
Apart from being used as a flavouring agent in the food & beverages, cosmetics, soap, oils and perfume industries, this oil has vivid medicinal uses. Let us find out.
It protects wounds from being septic and other bacterial, fungal or viral infections. It forms a protective covering on the wound and promotes collection of blood platelets and leucocytes at the effected place, thereby checking the intrusion of microbes. Further, the oil itself has bactericidal and fungicidal properties and kills them, thereby adding to the effect.
It purifies blood by helping removal of toxic and unwanted substances from the body through means of excretion, such as urine, excreta and sweat. This prevents diseases resulting from deposition of toxins, such as abscesses, boils, acne, gout & arthritis etc.
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