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Mandarin Oil

Mandarin Oil

Product: Mandarin OilLatin Name: Citrus reticulataPlant Family: RutaceaeOther Names: European Mandarin, Mandarine, Mandarina, Mandarijn, Mandariini, Mandarino, Mandarynka, Naranjita, Cheng Zi, Limau Langkat & Småcitrus.Description: Mandarin oil comes from a small, evergreen, shrubby tree native to Southern China and Southeast Asia, which grows from 3-4.5 metres high. The leaves measure 2.5-10cm in length and are elliptically-lanceolate, glossy and smooth with a leathery texture, dark green on the upper side, and yellow-green on the under surface, the leaf edges are finely toothed. The 5-petaled flowers are white, fragrant and approximately 1.5cm in diameter, they grow in clusters in the leaf axils. The fruits are 5-10cm in diameter, obovate, and thin skinned making them easy to peel. The peel is waxy, dimpled and aromatic and bright orange in colour when ripe.Interesting Fact: Mandarin fruits arrived in Japan from China in 500 A.D., but didn’t become popular in Europe and America until the early 19th century. In China, the mandarin, is seen as a symbol of prosperity and is given as gifts to friends and family during the Chinese New Year celebrations to bring luck, wealth and prosperity for the coming year.Blends With: Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Neroli, Nutmeg, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, & Ylang-Ylang.Safety Advice: Mandarin oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising, but it can be phototoxic to certain individuals. Suitable for human consumption in culinary recipes, if a few drops of the oil are used and no more. Essential oils are very potent and high doses should not be consumed.

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