Mandarins are citrus fruits which are also known as Mandarin oranges or Tangerines. However, there is a slight difference. Mandarins are more yellow in color and come with pips, while tangerines are more orange in color and come 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 plants are native to China. From there, they went to Europe and now Italy is one of the biggest producers of Mandarin Oil.
The essential oil is extracted by cold compression of the fresh peels of these fruits and contains alpha thujone, alpha pinene, beta pinene, camphene, citral, citronellal, gamma terpinolene, geranial, geraniol, limonene, linalool, methyl anthranilate, myrcene, nerol, sabinene and terpineol.
Health benefits of Mandarin essential oil
Gets Rid of Acne, Stretch Marks and Scars
Mandarin oil help with acne, stretch marks and scars. It has the ability to help prevent infection of irritated skin by preventing bacteria and fungal development. For scars, apply the oil combined with a carrier oil directly onto the scar and can try a blend, such as one drop lavender, one drop mandarin and one drop neroli with a little almond oil.
Improves circulation and stimulates the system
Mandarin oil acts as a tonic to the system and checks the regular functioning of all the vital parts of the body including the nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system, circulatory system, cardio-vascular system and the excretory system.
When massaged onto the skin, 5 drops of Mandarin essential oil with 2 ml of sesame oil improves blood circulation and helps in relieving from varicose veins, blood clots, rheumatic pain and arthritis.
Mandarin essential oil is a popular citrus oil with excellent benefits to the digestive system. The rich, tangy and citrus aroma promotes digestion and stimulates the flow of bile and other digestive juices. It also increases the appetite.
Due to antiseptic properties in Mandarin Essential oil, it helps to prevent from viral, fungal and bacterial infections. It increases the leucocytes and blood platelets collection to the area affected and provides the protective covering to the wound.
Mandarin essential oil is a source of molecules that may develop new analgesics and provide benefits when used to fight or reduce pain. The terpenes, which are compounds found in mandarin essential oil, may be used to create analgesics in human therapy against pain.