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Botanical Name: Citrus reticulata
Often confused with Satsuma and Tangerine, the Mandarin orange is a variety in the same Rutacae family. The tree resembles other varieties of oranges with small glossy leaves and fragrant white blossoms, while the fruit is oblate rather than spherical and typically less sweet than that of other varieties.
It blends well with oils of: Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Clove, Grapefruit, Sweet Orange, Lemon, Lime and Neroli.
Antifungal, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Diuretic (mild), Laxative (mild), Sedative, Stimulant (digestive and lymphatic), Tonic. (See Definitions.)
The presence of the highly sedative anthranilic acid ester makes this oil the first choice for use with children suffering from anxiety, nervousness, or stress.
- Calms restlessness
- Counteracts insomnia
- Considered a general tonic for the digestive system. It aids in the breakdown of fats through regulation of the bile.
- Quells indigestion and hiccups
- Strengthens the liver
- Rids excess fluid retention
- Effective balancing agent in cases of acne and oily skin
- Heals and tones stretch marks and scars
- Lightens dark "age" spot marks
- Often used in massage blends for the prevention of stretch marks. Try blending with supporting oils such as Lavender, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Jasmine and Neroli, in a carrier oil with essential fats, such as Wheat germ, Hemp or Evening Primrose.
- Makes an effective addition to adolescent skin care formulas: use Hazelnut as a carrier, and consider Spike Lavender and Myrtle in combination to round out the blend.
- May be taken internally in small amounts (1-3 drops), or massaged into the belly in a carrier oil (try a 3-5% dilution; about 20-30 drops per ounce of carrier).