MALAVARA UNCOVERED - why we use Mandarin Essential Oil and what it can do for you

MALAVARA UNCOVERED - why we use Mandarin Essential Oil and what it can do for you
Our signature Lime Vetiver fragrance blends 10 incredible essential oils to create notes that are rich with the heritage of India. Here we look in-depth at one of these - Mandarin - and discuss what it can do for you
  • Botanical Name           Citrus reticulata
  • Aroma                          Sweet, citrusy, fruity with floral undertones
  • Aromatic Note             Top
  • Uses                             Reduces stress and anxiety, helps prevent acne and scars, aids digestion

Did you know? Mandarin essential oil is considered to be one of the sweetest and most calming of all the essential oils, making it a clear favourite with children. Like other citrus fruits, the oil is extracted from the fresh peel via cold pressing technique.

What is it used for? Medicinally it is widely regarded as a strong antiseptic, a sedative, a stress reliever, a digestive enhancer and one of the strongest immune system boosters given its bactericidal and fungicidal properties. It is also known for it’s spasm relieving qualities, both respiratory (coughing) digestive (cramps) and nervous (convulsions).

 Will I like it? Aromatically, it is a green and tart but also sweet citrus aroma with soft floral undertones. It blends well with many other essential oils including citrus, floral, wood, spice and herb families of oils. Emotionally it is known for it’s uplifting and calming properties.

 How can I use it? A Release and Relax Diffuser Recipe: Try this at the end of a busy day to release and relax. Combine the essential oil drops in a traditional diffuser or oil burner.

  • 10 drops mandarin
  • 8 drops cypress
  • 6 drops lemongrass
  • 1 drop sage
Treat yourself! If you like this oil then head over to Malavara and check out our Lime Vetiver range

    How can I make sure I am using Essential Oils safely?: An understanding of the use of Essential Oils is key. Most people will never experience a negative reaction to essential oils but it can happen and there is nothing we can do to guarantee 100% safety. We have highlighted some guidelines to follow to help minimize the risk in a separate blog, but if you are regularly making your own blends for yourself, your family and others it is worth investing a copy of the “Essential Oil Safety” by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young for a greater understanding across 400 oils and over 200 constituents

    And another thing..Mandarin Essential Oil Safety Information: Aromatherapy experts Tisserand and Young recommend careful storage and avoiding use of oxidized Mandarin Oil to prevent skin sensitization. Mandarin Oil is not phototoxic. However, Mandarin Petitgrain Oil from the leaves of Citrus reticulata is phototoxic. Read Tisserand and Young's full profile (see below) on this oil for the full lowdown

     Want to learn more? Have a look at these...

    • “The Heart of Aromatherapy” by my teacher and founder of the Aromahead Institute, Andrea Butje
    • “Essential Oil Safety” Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, 2nd edition 2014
    • “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy” Valerie Ann Worwood

     Disclaimer: before you make any recipe, check the shelf lives of your ingredients and any safety concerns for the essential oils. These blend suggestions are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition and should be used on the understanding that Malavara accepts no responsibility for any adverse reactions caused as a result of following these recipes




    Alexandra Turner, better known as Alix, is the co-founder of Malavara. Having spent 15 years working with European Luxury Goods brands, Alix's passion for wellness, aromatherapy and travel led her to India and Ayurveda. Alix lives in London and keeps busy with a day job, a toddler and our exciting Malavara journey.

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