|Latin name||Citrus reticulata|
|Synonyms||Citrus nobilis, Citrus deliciosa|
|Extraction||Expression of the peel|
|Origin||China, South America|
|Plant characteristics||This small, pretty fruit tree grows in the Far East, from where the fruit gets its name. The small orange-like fruits are sweet and easy to peel and the essential oil is expressed from the peel.|
|Oil characteristics||A pale greenish yellow oil with a light fruity, citrus, orange aroma.|
|Traditional use||Mandarin fruit was a traditional gift to the Mandarins of China. It was believed to strengthen the liver and digestive function.|
|Blends well with||Lavender, other citrus oils, ylang ylang, geranium.|
|Cautions and comments||Exposure to sunlight must be avoided for one hour after skin application as mandarin in photo-toxic. Babies and children and the elderly favour Mandarin essential oil. It is extremely gentle with an uplifting, cheerful smell.|
|Main chemical constituents||Monoterpenes (<77%).|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.