Mandarin - Citrus reticulata- Citrus

Blending Note: Top

Main Benefits: Acne, Dull Skin, Insomnia, Oily Skin, Scars, Spots, Stress, Wrinkles

Properties: Acidic

Origin: China

Other Producers: Spain, Brazil, Japan, Turkey, Italy, Egypt, Iran, Morocco, South Korea, USA, Pakistan,

Mexico, Argentina, Thailand, Peru, Algeria, Taiwan, Nepal, Maldives

Allergy Warning: Sensitive skin.

Short History:

The name "mandarin orange" is a calque of Swedish mandarin apelsin, first attested in the 18th century. The form "mandarine" derives from the French name for this fruit. The reason for the epithet "mandarin" is not clear, hypotheses ranging from the yellow colour of some robes worn by mandarin dignitaries to the mandarin being an excellent kind of Chinese orange. During the Chinese New Year, mandarin oranges/Tangerine/Satsumas are considered traditional symbols of abundance and good fortune. During the two-week celebration, they are frequently displayed as decoration and presented as gifts to friends, relatives, and business associates.

Mandarin oranges, particularly from Japan, are a Christmas tradition in Canada, USA and Russia. In the United States, they are commonly purchased in 5- or 10-pound boxes, individually wrapped in soft green paper, and given in Christmas Stockings. This custom goes back to the 1880s, when Japanese immigrants in the United States began receiving Japanese mandarin oranges from their families back home as gifts for the New Year. The tradition quickly spread among the non-Japanese population and eastwards across the country. 


About Mandarin:

The mandarin orange also known as the robson, is a small citrus tree with fruit resembling other oranges. Specifically reddish-orange mandarin cultivars can be marketed as tangerines, but this is not a botanical classification. Mandarins are smaller and oblate, rather than spherical like the common oranges. The taste is considered less sour, as well as sweeter and stronger. A ripe mandarin is firm to slightly soft, heavy for its size, and pebbly-skinned. The peel is very thin, with very little bitter white mesocarp so they are usually easier to peel and to split into segments. Hybrids generally have these traits to a lesser degree.

The tree is more drought-tolerant than the fruit. The mandarin is tender and is damaged easily by cold. It can be grown in tropical and subtropical areas. Of all the citrus oils, Mandarin Oil is the sweetest and tends to be the most calming. It is considered very uplifting. Aromatically, it blends well with many other essential oils including citrus, floral, wood, spice and herb families of oils. Mandarin Essential Oil is a favourite of children and parents. If desiring to diffuse citrus oil in the evenings before bed or with children, Mandarin Essential Oil may be the best choice. Mandarin Oil is not phototoxic. Mandarin essential oil is extracted by cold press and they use the peel for extraction.  The colour of the oil is greenish orange ant the consistency is thin. The aroma is very sweet, citrusy and fruity and the strength is medium


Medicinal Uses:

Acne, Dull Skin, Insomnia, Oily Skin, Scars, Spots, Stress, Wrinkles, Abdominal Pain, Digestion, Phlegm 

 Other Uses:

Cooking, Juice, Massage, Lotion