Cleansing Woes – Mandarin Oil

Mandarin essential oil is known to have properties that distinguish it from the rest of the essential oils, which too fall in its category. The oil a wonderful cleanser of the skin, which is very obvious as the oil is obtained from the best detoxifier, the orange.

Mandarin Oil is part of the suite of essential oils used in body toning lotions and creams to firm, cleanse and refine sluggish and dull skin and for fluid retention and can be found in Mandarin Toning Lotion. It is beneficial to use in a cream, lotion or oil base, from the fourth month of pregnancy onwards to prevent stretch marks and to tone the skin.

Mandarin oil is a gentle restorative, sedative and tonic and has been used traditionally to relieve tummy upset, colic, poor appetite and pre-menstrual syndrome. Mandarin Oil is highly recommended for use in Massage and Bath Oil blends because of its relaxing and gently calming effects. Very good for children’s massage.

Mandarin Essential Oil is a Member of the Rutaceae Family with a distribution throughout Asia and China, the Mandarin tree produces a saffron-coloured oil with a sweet yet tangy aroma. The oil is extracted from the peel of the fruit by cold pressing.

Mandarin essential oil, is considered to be a safe children’s remedy for indigestion, hiccoughs, etc. and also used by elderly to help strengthen the digestive function and liver. Mandarin oil is used in soaps, cosmetics and perfumes especially colognes. It is employed as a flavoring agent especially in confectionery, soft drinks and liqueurs.

Non toxic, non irritant, non sensitizing, possibly photo toxic; although it has not been demonstrated decisively.

Mandarin essential oil is known as Citrus reticulata (also known as Citrus nobilis, madurensis, unshiu, deliciosa) and is of the Rutaceae family.

Mandarins are the fruit of mandarin evergreen trees, and are also known as –

  • European mandarins
  • Tangerines
  • Naartjie
  • True mandarins

Mandarins, and their essential oil is native to China, as their name implies, but mandarins are now widely cultivated in America too.

Mandarin essential oil is tangy, has a sweet, invigorating citrus scent, and is dark yellowish tinted oil. The major difference in mandarins and tangerines is their harvest times, with tangerines being harvested later in the year than mandarins.

Mandarin oil is extracted, by cold peel expression, from the rind of the fruit.  Like other essential oils of citrus fruits, they have a relatively short shelf life.

Okay, have a look at our reference links –

  1. Mandarin by Online Family Doctor
  2. Mandarin Oranges by Livestrong
  3. Mandarin Oil by One


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