Oil Summary: Mandarin essential oil is derived from the skin of the Mandarin orange, a sweet citrus fruit indigenous to China. Sometimes known as tangerine essential oil, the species from which each is derived is citrus reticulata, which proves inexorably that they are one and the same. It presents as a clear, yellow-orange thin liquid with a sweet, top fragrance note that is soft, floral, and citrusy. It is considered one of the most joyful essential oils, and is said to help you get in touch with your inner child, release negativity and unblock creativity. The sweet, lively, and alluring scent of Mandarin has long been a popular addition to fragrances and cosmetic preparations, as well as being an aromatic addition to popular drinks and dishes all over the world. It strengthens the immune system by toning up your internal organs and systems, including the digestive tract, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, and endocrine systems. It also stimulates the release of digestive enzymes to help break down the food you eat. Relieves flatulence, gas, and constipation. Mandarin essential oil stimulates the appetite and helps to make food seem more appealing.
Odor and Appearance: A clear dark orange to reddish yellow, or brownish orange liquid with a pleasant orange like odor.
Country of origin: Italy
Botanical Name: Citrus reticulate
Contraindication: Citrus essential oils are largely phototoxic, which means that if you apply them topically, even a small amount of sun exposure can cause extreme burning and damage to the skin. Mandarin essential oil is said to be an exception, and is notconsidered phototoxic if cold-pressed from the outer rind of the fruit. However, phototoxicity does exist in Mandarin Petitgrain oil, which is steam distilled from the leaves and wood of the tree and has a completely different chemical composition. To be safe, it is always best to test on a small area of skin until you know your tolerance, and do protect any exposed skin if you are going out in the sun.
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