Mandarin is an excellent oil for use with children because it is gentle, soothing, uplifting and relaxing. Supports digestion and appetite. Mandarin is a native of China but was introduced to Europe and a few years later to America in the early 1800s. Mandarins and Tangerines are very similar: Tangerines are harvested around November, and they are so called in the US and South America while Mandarins are harvested around February, and they are produced in Italy, Greece, and Spain. Tangerines are also deeper orange in color and do not have pips, while mandarins are more yellow and do have pips. Mandarin oil is very fresh, lively and energetic while being so gentle that can be used with infants. It is a great digestive tonic for adults while an invaluable remedy for infant colic; very suitable as a mild anti-depressant and used in case of loss of hunger following sadness and depression. For expectant moms, Mandarin will be an incredibly powerful natural remedy to prevent stretch marks (blended with very nourishing and emollient oils) and to stimulate healthy appetite after morning sickness.
Botanical Name: Citrus reticulata
Method of Extraction: Cold pressing of the rind
Color: Bright orange
Aroma: Light, sweet, citrus
Yield: 0.5 % – 1.5%
Blends well with: Basil, black pepper, chamomile roman, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, myrrh, neroli, nutmeg, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang
Therapeutic properties: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, hypnotic, laxative, lymphatic stimulant, sedative, tonic
To create a lively, fresh yet calming ambient or stimulate appetite burn or diffuse 2-5 drops every 5 hours.
To relieve colic’s discomfort dilute 4-5 drops of Mandarin every 5 ml of carrier oil and massage tummy area clockwise max 3 times a day. If massaging an infant reduce the dilution to 1 drop every 5 ml of carrier. Very useful is applied with the above dilutions during the whole pregnancy to prevent stretch marks
Avoid sun exposure for 24 hours (if skin application). Do not apply undiluted Mandarin essential oil on children. do not take internally unless heavily diluted.