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Mandarin has a number of uses and properties in aromatherapy and is well liked by children.

Traditional Uses of Mandarin Oil

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 indigestion, hiccups and for problems of the elderly, such as digestive problems; mandarin is a very gentle and safe essential oil, when used correctly.

Plant Profile of Mandarin

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 belongs to the Rutaceae plant family and was firstly brought to Europe in 1805, and then to the United States in approximately 1845 (where it became known as the tangerine).

Uses of Mandarin Oil in Aromatherapy

Mandarin essential oil is extracted by cold expression of the outer peel of the fruit; it has a light, fruity-citrus aroma, similar to that of orange essential oil. Mandarin oil is balancing, uplifting and calming;  it is antiseptic, digestive and anti-depressant.  Mandarin is also used in soaps, cosmetics, perfumes and as a flavoring agent in liqueurs and confectionery.

Mandarin is used in aromatherapy for stomach cramps, indigestion, constipation, depression, anxiety, grief, nervousness, PMS, stretch marks in pregnancy and skin conditions such as acne, oily skin, rejuvenation and mature skin.  It is also useful for insomnia, fluid retention, obesity and dejection.  Although gentle enough to be used with babies, children and the elderly, use care when using mandarin essential oil in sunlight due to the potential for photo toxicity.

References:

- Davis, Patricia 1999 Aromatherapy An A Z UK: Vermilion

- Lawless, Julia 1995 The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils UK: Thorsons

This article was written by Sharon Falsetto and appeared in its original format on Suite101 as Mandarin Essential Oil

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