Traveling to an exotic location for the very first time and embracing a culture completely different from your own -- these are the experiences that often shape our lives. Mandarin is the exotic essential oil that makes you rethink your possibilities.
It has a sweet, green and citrusy aroma. Mandarin can inspire pure relaxation. Majestic in its ability to intoxicate the sense, Mandarin can calm anxious minds.
Native to China, Mandarin was given its name by the English because of the color Chinese officials once wore. The small evergreen trees which produces the rich fruit with yellow to deep orange rinds were first brought to the United States in the mid 1800s.
Today, Mandarin trees are primarily grown in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida with some cultivated in Georgia, Texas and California. The peel of the orange is put through a cold pressed method to extract the essential oil which has a thin yellow consistency and blends exquisitely well with Ginger and other delightful citruses.
Not sure which Orange is right for you? Check out our blog on the differences here!
Botanical Name: Citrus reticulata
Method: Cold Pressed
Plant Part: Peel
Blends Well With: Ginger, and other spices; Lemon, and other citrus
Aroma: Sweet, citrusy, and tangy-green
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 1-2 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Red Mandarin is great to use with children over the age of two for soothing restlessness, and hyperactivity. It has an uplifting citrusy aromatic that can brighten mood and also refresh and soothe the spirit and mind. It can help soothe the nervous system, its antiviral properties offer immune boosting effects as well as skincare benefits, and offers itself in blends to reduce inflammation and ease pain in muscles. It also adds a lovely aromatic to DIY cleaning blends.
- There are several ways to effectively use Red Mandarin essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water. 2.) Dilute 12 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil and use in a skin-nourishing massage. 3.) Add 6 drops to 1 ounce of Castille soap and 1 cup of Epsom salt for added magnesium absorption. Add the mixture to your bath and soak up the goodness. 4.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use.
- Mandarin and Tangerine are often used interchangeably due to the same Latin name, Citrus reticulata. Tangerines are lighter in color than Red Mandarin and they are two different essential oils that have similar properties. The constituents of an oil affect its aroma as well as how it can help us in a blend. Our Red Mandarin essential oil, is cultivated and produced in Italy whereas the Tangerine (which goes by the same Latin name) we supply is grown and cold pressed here in the USA. Tangerine has about 90% of the component d-Limonene while Red Mandarin carries about 70%. Other Red Mandarin constituents include gamma-Terpenine whereas Tangerine contains a few percentages of Myrcene.
- Mandarin is a wonderful addition to hair care. It helps balance an oily scalp, reduces scalp irritation and boosts hair nourishment. A few beneficial ways to use Mandarin for hair include 1.) Add 12 drops Mandarin per ounce of unscented shampoo. Wash hair thoroughly and be sure to massage the shampoo into your scalp before rinsing. 2.) Make a pre-wash hair oil serum with 6 drops Mandarin, 3 drops Peppermint, 3 drops Rosemary Moroccan and 1 ounce Argan oil. Massage the oil into your scalp and wait at least 30 minutes before washing it out. 3.) Add Mandarin essential oil to our DIY hair scrub recipe.
- Mandarin oil is known to powerfully soothe pain and inflammation. To use it for this purpose, dilute it to 3% by combining 18 drops Mandarin and 1 oz carrier oil or unscented lotion. Alternatively, add 3 drops to a 10 ml roll-on and top off with carrier oil. Apply it topically to the area of concern. For internal pain and headaches, diffuse 10 drops Mandarin per 100 ml of water in an essential oil diffuser.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
TUMMY BLEND: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 10 drops of Mandarin, 3 drops of Ginger, 8 drops of Peppermint and 3 drops of Basil then fill with Sweet Almond oil. Shake to mix well. Apply a teaspoon over the abdomen and massage. (2% dilution)
COLDS: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Mandarin, 5 drops of Tea Tree and 5 drops of Fennel. Or add 5-6 drops of Mandarin to your diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
NIGHT TIME BLEND: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Mandarin, 1 drop of Vetiver and 5 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas). Or add 5-6 drops of this blend to your diffuser and diffuse for 15-30 minutes before bedtime to wind down.
CALM: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Mandarin, 5 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Ylang Ylang. Or add 5-6 drops of Mandarin to your diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
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