Mandarin oil, like all citrus oils, has limonene as its major constituent. This powerful antioxidant protects the body from cancer, heart disease due to hardening of the arteries and other damage caused by free radicals. Besides limonene, there are at least ten other essential oils with various functions.
Mandarin oil is used to treat a number of conditions -
- Relieve stress and tension
- Increase circulation on surface of the skin
- Reduce fluid retention.
- reduce stretch marks after childbirth
- applied externally to treat microbial and fungal infection
The infusion of dried orange blossoms or leaves is used as a mild nervous stimulant and a treatment for hysteria and seizure.
The zesty aroma of mandarin orange is added to deodorants, soap, health drinks and tonics.
Mandarin orange or tangerine originated in the sub-tropical and tropical parts of Asia, namely, China, Japan and South-east Asia. The Chinese consider this fruit auspicious and symbolize wealth and good fortune when given as gifts during Chinese New Year.
The globular shape and sunny color of the fruit surrounded by jade green leaves reminded one of the sun, which is a ‘yang’ principle- it represents the positive element and generative force in nature. Thus, mandarin oranges are displayed during the Lunar festival. Good things come in pairs. For newlyweds, a pair of this golden fruit represents the branching of the couple into a family with many children. mandarin oranges with leaves intact assure that one’s relationship with the other remains secure.
Mandarin oranges are not only auspicious to the Chinese; they also value the fruit [especially its peel] for its medicinal properties.
Some varieties of the fruit contain a decongestant called synephrine. In 1965, the ‘Dancy’ tangerine’ was found to contain more of the decongestant synephrine than any other citrus fruits.
TCM physicians use either the whole fruit or Chen-pi in their herbal formulations to clear up mucous in the lungs and digestive tract. Chen-pi is also used to relieve cough that produces phlegm.
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