Mandarin or Tangerine?

Red Mandarin Essential oil is helpful for easing any stress that you may be feeling. (its calming and relaxing properties make it a good choice to use at bedtime). It is mild enough to be used for young children & the elderly.

There are two types of Mandarin essential oil:

Green Mandarin essential oil is cold-pressed from the unripe "green" fruit and it has a crisp, tart scent. Unfortunately this lovely essential oil is much harder to find for purchase, but is so worth the effort.

Red Mandarin (Latin name Citrus Reticulata) is extracted from the ripe fruit and is native to southern China. It was brought to Europe around 1805 and due to its popularity, Mandarins were soon "commercially cultivated" in southern Europe, northern Africa, and they were then introduced to the Americas and Australia. 

The more commonl Red Mandarin has an earthy, sweet citrus scent. It is useful for:

  • digestive issues like gas & flatulence

  • muscular & joint pain

  • water retention

  • skin care especially for combination or oily skin

  • stretch marks

  • sleeplessness

  • feeling anxious

  • feelings of grief or sadness

Tangerine (Latin name Citrus Reticulata var tangerine) has similar properties to Red Mandarin, but has a lighter, sweeter, more sutle scent. Tangerines are a larger, round fruit that ripens in November. They too are believed to have originated in China, and they made their way to Florida and other parts of the USA by way of Tangier, a costal city in Morocco. Tangerine essential oil may be helpful for:

  • digestive issues

  • feeings of anxiety or stress

Contraindications: When properly diluted for topical use, Mandarin and Tangerine essential oils are non-toxic, a non-irritant & non-sensitizing. Very low risk for photosensitivity.

My blog is for information only & is not meant to

replace medical advice.

Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.


  • Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003

  • Davis, Patricia.  Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition, Vermilion,  an imprint  of   Edbury Publishing, a Random House Company, 2005

  •  Lawless. Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Thorsons, 200

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