Green Mandarin Essential Oil is a clear to slight green oil that has the most amazingly fresh aroma of freshly cut mandarins – with a strong kick of green in the fragrance as well. It is more tart than sweet and is really mouth watering. It is cold pressed from the rind of the green, unripe mandarin fruit.
There is also a Red Mandarin Essential Oil and often, you will find they have the same name. After all, it’s not a different fruit, it’s just at a different stage of ripeness. The INCI is Citrus Reticulata Peel Oil or Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil (both are accepted).
INCI is an abbreviation for International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. It is widely adhered to in the EU where the CosIng website gives free information. It is because there are several parts of a plant that could be used in cosmetic products like the leaves, flowers, roots, seeds, bark and so on. Knowing the INCI means that you can check the INCI name on the essential oil bottle to ensure that you have got the correct species and variety for Green Mandarin Essential Oil.
Essential Oil Chemistry
As with most aromatherapy oils, the list of chemical compounds is extensive, but can broadly be summarized to enable an Aromatherapist to make informed decisions about which chemical molecules are relevant.
A typical chemical breakdown of this oil is;
Just look at the amount of Monoterpenes in this oil – almost 95%! Monoterpenes are very small molecules and tend to evaporate quickly, meaning to are able to smell them immediately – just like you can with this oil. They have a good tonic effect on the skin and are very good at drying up excess mucous. They are very supportive of the respiratory system, are antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic. They are typically very good at disrupting the inflammatory response that your body has, which means they calm down areas of inflammation. This is very effective in muscle groups. Generally speaking, monoterpenes are natural air purifiers and deodorants. All of the molecules below are monoterpenes.
- d-limonene – has a calming effect on the mind, affecting serotonin and dopamine (happy hormones) as well as supporting skin health. It helps to maintain normal inflammatory levels of the skin, as well as being a great antioxidant to protect you from free radical damage. D-limonene enhances the effect of certain cannabinoids and CBD. If you are making your own topicals, adding Green Mandarin Essential Oil for its d-limonene content will enhance the effects.
- y-terpinene – is also known as gamma terpinene and is a good antimicrobial agent, anti-inflammatory as well as an antioxidant.
- p-cymene – is antimicrobial and antifungal which makes it very desirable to include in skin care products. In combination with other terpenes, it has agood analgesic effect. Because it is an AchE Inhibitor, it can improve memory and icrease motivation. This helps with nervous stress or if you are struggling with moods. Another great combination to boost the desirable efefcts of CBD.
- a-pinene – supports memory formation which can make it a useful trigger when used well. It can help as a brochodilator so eases some respiratory problems and modulates inflammation levels.
- b-myrcene – supports normal inflammatory levels. It relaxes your muscles and is great to include Green Mandarin Oil in a massage or bath. It has some pain relieving qualities and is very calming for a busy mind. It is one of the most commonly found terpenes in cannabinoids and is also found in mangoes. Did you know that if you eat a mango about an hour before using cannabis, the additional myrcene enhances the effect?
So, has it been a surprise to find out how much of an overlap there is between some essential oil components and many strains of cannabis? Terpenes in essential oil can also boost the effect of cannabinoids when cannabis and/or is used to make creams and lotions. Both essential oils and cannabis have potential to be misused and with an essential oil, one of the first things you should ask yourself is if there are any contraindications to using the oil. This is one of the few essential oils that are safe to use with children and babies, although in a lower amount than would be used on an adult. Therefore, you can also know that it is a good choice to use on sensitive skin.
Green Mandarin Essential Oil Benefits
- Surprisingly, for a citrus oil, Green Mandarin Essential Oil is very calming and will help with getting a good night’s sleep. In fact, it is said to be better than Roman Chamomile Essential Oil for this.
- A good tip for getting the kids to bed is to add a couple of drops to a bubble bath just before bedtime. Use an egg cup full of sunflower oil (essential oils should always be diluted) and then mix that with an egg cup full of bubble bath. Lots of bubbles for the kids’ bedtime bath ritual, but it will be calming them down somewhat. You as well!
- As an aromatherapist, it has always been one of my favorite oils for Aromatherapy Massage. Specific treatments for clients will always have essential oils chosen for their specific issues at the time. However, for a general relaxation massage that is safe for everyone, Green Mandarin Essential Oil is great. It can even be used during pregnancy.
- When combined with Shea Butter, Rosehip Seed Oil and Vitamin E, you can make a great stretch marks cream to reduce the formation of stretch marks during pregnancy and even reduce existing stretch marks. Stretch marks on the stomach from weight loss are also improved.
- It’s a good essential oil to use in a blend when making skincare products for oily and congested skin. Think of a spotty teenager. It helps to clear congested pores and improve the skin tone. It’s another reason why both mandarin oils are included in so many aromatherapy products.
- In France, it’s a very popular oil and is often used to help with children’s digestion. Remember that kids on the continent typically encounter a much wider range of foods at a much younger age than kids in the US do.
- At the other end of the age range, the use of Green Mandarin Essential Oil is popular with a lot of the elderly population in France, who use it to improve a sluggish digestion and stimulate the liver.
- In a reflection of these two age ranges, Green Mandarin Essential Oil was an oil I frequently used at the beginning and end of life. I have assisted several women during their pregnancy and been with far too many people at the end of their lives, where the oil instills peace, acceptance, and calm.
- For eczema, Roman Chamomile Essential Oil blends very well with Green Mandarin Essential Oil. Remember earlier that it was mentioned how gentle it was on even the most sensitive skin?
- Green Mandarin Essential Oil blends well with all the other citrus oils as well as Ylang Ylang Essential Oil where it cuts through the floral sweetness. It works harmoniously with Cedarwood Essential Oil which gives a grounding and centering aspect to the blend.
- In the same way that other citrus oils like Sweet Orange Essential Oil and Bergamot Essential Oils lighten the mood, both Mandarin Essential Oils release nervous tension. Frustration and depression seem to be less of an issue and there is a release.
- Even in hair products, it has a good function as it helps to stimulate the circulation in the scalp. That will improve oxygen levels to the hair follicles, giving your hair a head start.
How To Use Essential Oils To Scent A Room
The simplest way is to put a couple of drops of Green Mandarin Essential Oil onto a tissue and tuck behind a radiator that is warm. Very quickly, you will get a drift of delightful, green citrus that is very gentle and not overpowering.
Another option is to use one of the ceramic dishes that holds some water and has a tea light underneath. Again, a few drops added to the water and pretty soon you get the amazing fragrance. The problem with those are that they dry out quite quickly and are a risk with pets and young children around.
My favorite is to use an Aromatherapy Diffuser that has been specifically designed to work with essential oils. They don’t need candles and are often USB charged. You screw the essential oil bottle into the diffuser and select the setting you want, be it continuous or on and off every few minutes or so. The diffuser creates sonic vibrations of the essential oil, so you get the pure aroma and benefits. This is a good one here;
Where Do You Apply Essential Oils For Chakras?
Green Mandarin is very effective at balancing and energizing several of your chakras. This will work in a diffuser, but is even better when blended into a simple homemade cream and applied around the chakra areas.
2nd Chakra / Sacral Chakra / Swadhisthana / Lower abdomen
This chakra connects with how we relate to our own emotions and the emotions of others. It deals with creativity as well as sexual energy. When the chakra is open, we feel abundant with well-being and sexuality. It enhances the energy for creation.
- Mantra: “I always honor others, but not before myself”
- Color: Orange
- Element: Water
- Stone: Tiger’s Eye
- 4th Chakra / Heart Chakra / Anahata / Center of the chest, above the heart
This chakra is the link or bridge between the lower chakras (more material) and the upper chakras (more spiritual). It can influence our ability to give and receive love. This applies to ourselves as well as others. When open, it allows empathy and compassion. It is supportive of unconditional love, compassion, joy and intense emotions that cannot be put into words. Who doesn’t want some of that?
Mantra: “When I love myself, loving others comes easily”
Stone: Rose Quartz
- 6th Chakra / Third Eye Chakra / Ajna / Forehead, between the brows and the eyes
This chakra allows us to see the bigger picture and connect with our own intuition and wisdom. It registers information beyond what is merely visual. When open, your intuition increases with an increased imagination for visions. This resonates with our self beliefs and attitudes, both conscious and unconscious. It hones our mental skills, and it is good to be balanced with the unconditional love of the Heart Chakra.
Mantra: “I am open to exploring what cannot be seen”
Color: Dark Blue / Purple
Essential Oil Blends
Here are some suggestions for blends that are not only functional, bit also are delightful to smell. All of them use Green Mandarin Essential Oil. I use the numbers for parts – this could be drops or grams if making a larger volume. The number just gives a ratio between the other oils used. The blend could go straight into a diffuser (like the one shown above), or included with skincare products given in my book (also mentioned above). You could also add 20 drops of the blend to 99g of vegetable oil like Jojoba Oil and apply it to your skin. This gives you a safe 1% dilution.
And, Relax … 10 Green Mandarin + 6 Lavender + 4 Roman Chamomile
It’s Christmas! … 14 Green Mandarin + 3 Cinnamon + 2 Nutmeg + 1 Vetiver
Fresh Christmas … 9 Green Mandarin + 8 Black Spruce + 2 Cinnamon + 1 Clove
Deeply Exotic … 12 Green Mandarin + 5 Patchouli + 3 Ylang Ylang
Breathe Easy … 9 Black Spruce + 6 Green Mandarin + 3 Eucalyptus Radiata + 2 Cypress
Stop & Relax … 9 Petitgrain + 6 Frankincense + 3 Green Mandarin + 2 Patchouli
Fresh Cologne … 9 Green Mandarin + 6 Sandalwood + 5 Lavender
Fruit Grove … 8 Green Mandarin + 6 Lime + 6 Petitgrain
Fresh Spice … 11 Green Mandarin + 5 Black Spruce + 4 Black Pepper
Ease Nausea … 8 Spearmint + 6 Green Mandarin + 6 Ginger
Muscle Ease … 7 Green Mandarin + 4 Plai + 4 Fragonia™ + 3 Eucalyptus + 2 Roman Chamomile
Get Going … 6 Green Mandarin + 6 Lemon + 6 Spearmint
How To Get The Best Quality Products?
It’s always a concern when you buy something for the first time, to know that you are getting good quality. Some of the heaviest marketing for essential oils is done by the MLM companies – I’m sure you have heard of the big names? Well, someone has to pay for all that market AND the high commissions the resellers get (spoiler alert – it’s you that pays) and, in my experience, the quality is not always what I would choose to use. I’ve hunted around and checked online paperwork to find suppliers that offer the best quality products at a fair price, and also make it easy for you. I recommend these that are available on Amazon;
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