MANDARIN Citrus reticulata
The energy of mandarin oil is like a babbling brook, sparkling, gurgling, splashing, and giggling away without a care in the world. Its joyous character brings out the child in us and invites us to play. That is probably why it is often described as a children's oil - quintessential happiness in a bottle. In China, where it originated, it appears to have been in cultivation for thousands of years. In the past it was so highly esteemed in China that Mandarins were reserved exclusively for the king's own pleasure. Later they became a gift of honour to high ranking statesmen. The Chinese still revere it, but by now ordinary folk are no longer prevented from enjoying them as well. They regard Mandarins as 'golden apples', a symbol of good fortune and prosperity. When the Chinese celebrate their New Year's Day, on the second new moon after the winter solstice, Mandarins are eaten so that their 'gold and good fortune' may infuse all those who partake of it. Mandarin was the last of the citrus fruit to reach Europe. It wasn't until the early 19th century that it arrived on the tables of northern Europe. Today it ranks among the most popular citrus fruit and it is cultivated in many parts of the world.
Mandarin is one of the best oils for children, whether it is to treat their indigestion or simply to calm their hyperactivity and spread an ambiance of peace and happiness. For mothers to be, Mandarin's excellent stretch mark prevention effect will be particularly appreciated. It is a delightful oil to use in aromatherapy skin care products for clearing oily, congested skin and may also be used for a relaxing aroma bath. It is a great oil for nervous tension and restlessness.
Mandarin is one of the best oils for getting in touch with the inner child. It unlocks creative energies that may be penned up inside and helps with letting go of negative emotions. It is an appropriate oil to use at the New Moon phase of the lunar cycle or when initiating new projects. It is excellent for those that are too serious and can't 'let their hair down'. It may be used in child naming celebrations and as a room aroma to welcome a new soul into the world.
A gentle, fruity, fresh and sparkling scent. Blends well with Bergamot, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Amyris and Aniseed.