Latin name: Citrus reticulata
Source country: Sicily
Aroma: Fresh, uplifting, zesty, orange like.
Appearance: Yellow to orange thin liquid.
Derivation: Cold expression from the peel.
Chemicals: As in all citrus oils limonene is the main constituent. There is also gamma-
terpinene as well alpha thujone, nerol, geranial, pinenes, myrcene, and linolool.
Uses: Mandarin and tangerine oils are almost the same. The difference is that
tangerines are harvested in November with no pips and are a deeper orange,
mandarins are harvested in March and have pips. Oils of this type can be
photo toxic so best to take care when exposing the skin to the oil and
sunlight. It is most useful to relieve stress and for digestive problems. It is
mostly used however to improved circulation to the skin thereby reducing
fluid retention, and is also used to prevent stretch marks. Useful when
vapourised for relieving stress.
Note: As with all pure essential oils, dilute appropriately with a suitable carrier oil
before using on the skin. Do not take essential oils internally