Mandarin essential oil benefits are similar to the other citrus essential oils due to its similarity of constituents.
Mandarin oranges are considered native to Southeast Asia and the Philippines. In modern times mandarin oranges are grown in warmer climates all over the world. In the US the southern states such as Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi are the main growers. They are also grown to a lesser extent in Texas, Georgia and California.
Mandarin oranges are smaller than typical oranges and have a thinner skin that is easier to remove. Though the oranges from this genus are many times all called tangerines, the tangerine is actually a type of mandarin orange.
The essential oil from mandarin is expressed from the rind of the fruit by cold pressing, as is common with most citrus fruits. The essential oil is used as a flavoring agent in candy, ice cream, chewing gum, drinks, and baked goods.
Mandarin Essential Oil Benefits
Mandarin essential oil is considered very mild. It has well known healing properties and has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine. Some of the mandarin essential oil benefits include:
Since mandarin essential oil is so mild it is very beneficial for the skin. It can be used to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars. It can help to prevent infections of irritated skin by bacteria and fungi due to its antibacterial abilities.
It has a low risk of photosensitivity so it is less likely to produce burns to the skin from UV rays compared to other citrus essential oils used on the skin. It even appears to be safe enough for use during pregnancy and nursing.
Mandarin has antimicrobial properties that also make it useful for treating acne as part of your acne skin care regimen. For use as a home acne treatment it can also be combined with other effective essential oils for acne such as tea tree oil. It should be diluted in a carrier oil that is non-greasy such as grape seed oil or sweet almond oil and applied to the breakout areas.
Mandarin essential oil has broad-spectrum antibacterial and antifungal properties, as shown in this 2017 review of the biological activity and safety of citrus essential oils. The review states that mandarin essential oil is effective in inhibiting the growth of such bacteria as E. coli, Pseudomonas, and S. aureus. It is also effective against a number of fungal strains.
In the same review from 2017 it was shown that mandarin essential oil had a moderate free radical scavenging capacity. Since oxygen free radicals are know to damage cells any substance that can reduce these free radicals can be beneficial to overall cell health and may even lower the risk of certain cancers.
Citrus essential oils are well known for lowering anxiety and stress and bringing about natural stress relief. When used in aromatherapy citrus essential oils are used to relieve stress and anxiety and to increase feelings of joy and happiness. The light and refreshing scent of citrus essential oils, including mandarin, have been shown to promote happiness and help with moods.
One of the mandarin essential oil benefits that I appreciate the most is that it just smells great. It has a lighter orange smell than sweet orange essential oil, but it definitely smells like an orange. It is considered a middle note when used in aromatherapy blends. A middle note does not evaporate quite as quickly as a top note such as lemon or orange, so it stays with you a little longer.
In aromatherapy, mandarin essential oil works well alone or in a blend with a top and bottom note. The fun of aromatherapy is finding that just-right blend that works together in harmony to smell great and also have complimentary effects.
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