Mandarin Orange Oil: The Ancient Essential Oil

Posted on November 6th, 2016 by Dr. Mercola  |  8 Comments »

mandarin orange oilThe Mandarin orange has been cultivated in China since the 12th century B.C. Its valuable oil is extracted directly from the peel and has been used for medicinal purposes in China, India and Europe since ancient times. It has a well-deserved reputation for effectively treating skin conditions and providing stress relief.

Good Oil Starts With Good Fruit

The key to making a quality mandarin orange oil is finding the right oranges. Ripe oranges should be carefully harvested by hand during the summertime because they are prone to damage.

The essential oil is extracted from the fresh peels using cold compression. Depending on the country of origin, species and maturity of the oranges when they were harvested, the resulting product can range from golden yellow, to red or even green.

The Benefits of Mandarin Orange Oil

Here are several well-known uses of mandarin orange oil:

  • May protect open wounds from potential fungal, bacterial or viral infections
  • Treats digestive conditions such as diarrhea, flatulence and constipation
  • Works to prevent spasms in the digestive, muscular and respiratory systems
  • Cleanses your blood and helping to remove toxic substances from your body
  • Potentially reduces inflammation and stress
  • Can stimulate a healthy appetite

The oil can also be massaged directly onto afflicted areas or mixed into a bath oil for a soothing and nourishing treatment.

Additionally, you can mix mandarin orange oil with a carrier oil such as juniper berry or cypress oil to help treat stretch marks, cellulites and fluid retention.

Mandarin orange oil is also known for its calming effects, which can help treat insomnia, convulsions, hysteria and epilepsy.

Remember These Precautions When Using Mandarin Oil

Similar to other essential oils, mandarin orange oil is generally safe but it is best to first consult with a doctor because of the potential for side effects, especially if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or have an existing medical condition.

Essential oils may irritate your skin if used alone, so mixing it with a carrier oil is recommended. The carrier oil will dilute the essential oil’s strength, reducing the potential for skin irritation. Direct exposure to sunlight after use should be avoided.

Before using mandarin orange oil, test it on a patch of skin first with a few drops to see if it causes irritation. If irritation persists, stop using it and call your doctor immediately.

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Responses to “Mandarin Orange Oil: The Ancient Essential Oil”

  1. Patrick says on :

    this article’s useless 2 me. i went looking 4 some @ , n found all these choices:
    Neroli Essential Oil 1/8 oz: K Citrus aurantium (Morocco, France, Italy, Tunisia) 191209
    Mandarin Essential Oil, 1/3 fl oz: C Citrus reticulata blanco/ Argentina (USA, Brasil) 445106-01_C
    Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis) 1 oz: B Citrus sinensis 100E7
    Orange Sweet Essential Oil 1/3 fl oz: C Citrus aurantium (USA) 460120-01_C
    Orange, Bitter Essential Oil, 1/3 fl oz: C Citrus aurantium/ Brazil (China) 445119-01_C
    Orange, Mandarin Essential Oil ½ oz: K Citrus reticulata (Italy, USA) 191292
    Orange, Sweet Essential Oil, 1/3 fl oz: C Citrus sinensis/ United States (Israel) 445120-01_C

    which 1 were u referring to?


  2. Elizabeth Martin says on :

    Good question! Perhaps Dr. Mercola sells specific oils – will research further. Please email me if you find out anything!! Thank-you. cheers

  3. Sonia Weidanz says on :

    So, because u are unable to figure out which oil to use, the article is useless?. Possibly any o f the choices would be sufficient?? I have personally found essential oils to be VERY BENEFICIAL. PRobably because I,’m not looking for. Reason to complain.

  4. Sonia Weidanz says on :

    Patrick didn’t leave his last name. Hmmmm. I wonder why???

  5. Bill Bag says on :

    what is the shelf life on essential oils like mandarin or tea tree oils.


  6. dorothy says on :

    dr. Mercols, what do you think about using black pepper essential oil?

  7. Alyce Hammond says on :

    A number of supplement companies have begun using black pepper in their ingredients to boost bioavailability. However, Much to my surprise I have found the addition of black pepper to causegreatly irritate every major joint in my body with unbearable pain as it courses through the blood. It takes several days for my body to recover.

    There’s one company for example that on the other hand that added only fine Fenugreek to their Turmeric and OMG,
    what do you say to a 25-45% increase in bioavailability. Amazing breakthrough this year!! This company has been around since 1929 using only whole foods in the formulas.

  8. Diana says on :

    What us the name of the company and where to purchase

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