Mandarin essential oil - Citrus reticulata -South Africa
Although the true origin of the mandarin is unclear, ancient texts from the 12th century B.C. suggests it originated in China. In 1805 it was introduced to Europe by the natural historian Sit Abraham Hume, where after was exported to America.
The mandarin tree is extremely versatile and can grow in desert, semi-tropical and sub-tropical climates.
Mandarin essential oil is extracted through the cold compression of its peel. It is widely used as a flavouring in both food and beverages, in medicine as well as in grooming products.
Mandarin essential oil is both a nervous relaxant and a sedative. It relaxes and calms the body and mind, easing stress, anxiety and nervous disorders and disturbances. It is also non-toxic and can be used to ease the effects of epilepsy, convulsions and spams.
Aside from its relaxing and sedative effects, mandarin oil also has medical benefits. It is antiseptic in nature, protecting wounds from becoming septic and infected.
Mandarin oil also improves circulation, which allows the skin to keep its youthful appearance. It also warms up the body, providing relief from conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis.
Not only does this essential oil improve the circulation of the blood, it also purifies it. Through body excretions, it removes toxins and other unwanted substances from the body.
Mandarin oil has a number of positive effects inside of the body. It promotes the health of the stomach by maintaining a balance in the base acids of the stomach, protecting it from ulcers and other disorders. It also speeds up healing time by promoting new cellular and tissue growth.