The 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.
Originally Published: http://www.drmercola.com/essential-oils/mandarin-orange-oil-the-ancient-essential-oil/
Author: Dr. Mercola