What is Mandarin Orange?
Mandarins are thought to have originated in China hence the name mandarin (the form of Chinese language spoken by officials and educated people in China). They then spread east to Japan and the Philippines and west through India, Arabia and North Africa.
Mandarins are citrus fruits which are also known as mandarin oranges and sometimes as tangerines. But there is a slight difference between mandarins and tangerines. Mandarins are more yellow in color and come with pips, while tangerines are more orange in color and come without pips. To clarify, the tangerine is always a mandarin orange but not all mandarin oranges are tangerines. Mandarins tend to be the sweetest and most calming of the citrus oils.
The essential oil is extracted by cold compression of the fresh peels of these fruits. Massaging fatty areas of the body with the oil can eliminate cellulite. Mandarin essential oil can be used in the bath to nourish the emotions, mind and spirit. It can be added to a carrier oil to nourish the skin, and added to a carrier cream to rub on the abdomen when the stomach is upset.