Citrus reticulata

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) is a small tree of the Rutaceae family, with lustrous leaves, native to South East Asia (China and Vietnam).

  • Bath

  • Dermal application

  • Oral route

  • Respiratory route

Mandarin essence must not be used before exposure to the sun as it is phototoxic.

Do not use in: pregnant or breast-feeding women, children under the age of three years, persons allergic to one of the components (aldehydes, limonene), subjects with asthma without the advice of an allergologist before the first use, over a long period in persons with functional kidney failure (monoterpenes). Warning! There is a risk of drug interference it the use exceeds more than a few days.

Anxiety (adults and children)
Take 1 to 2 drops of mandarin essence on a neutral tablet, a sugar lump or a spoonful of honey and allow to melt in the mouth. Repeat as necessary.

Sleep disturbance
4 drops of EO of bitter orange petit grain, 4 drops of mandarin essence. Diffuse the mixture in the room for an hour before going to bed.

Place a few drops of mandarin essence on the pillow or on a handkerchief.

4 drops of EO of basil, 4 drops of EO of bergamot, 4 drops of mandarin essence, 4 drops of sweet orange essence.

Mix the essential oils in a tablespoon of neutral base for the bath or powdered milk. Pour in a hot bath. Stay in the bath for twenty minutes, then go to bed without rinsing. Continue the treatment for fifteen days.


Its fruit, with a sweet and aromatic flesh, is one of the least acid citrus fruits and contains many seeds (unlike a clementine). It is divided in about ten quarters sometimes called "pigs". The species called "satsuma" (Citrus unshiu), called mikan in Japan, has two hundred cultivars. One of the best known is owari, whose fruit ripens in winter in the Northern hemisphere. Is the name of the mandarin derived from the yellow coat of mandarins? That's what they say. However, it is certain that it has been known in China since thousand of years. The peel of a mandarin was? and still used ripe (chen pi) or unripe (ging pi) to treat stomach problems and gastric disorders. In the south of China, mandarins are given in the as presents in the New Year and if you receive you are supposed to give back two so as not to confiscate all good fortune. Mandarin trees arrived in Europe and America more than four hundred years after the orange tree. Great Britain imported the first trees in 1815; Provence did not see them before the beginning of the 19th century. They were cultivated in Algeria from 1850.


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