Mandarin Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Recipe

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Mandarins (botanical name Citrus deliciosa) are such a sight for sore eyes--especially when still hanging from the bush. These round citrus fruits that have found their way into almost every household provide an essential oil that has been popularly used in -- surprise, surprise -- Ancient Chinese medicine. It was then brought to Europe in the 1800’s, where it was widely grown and cultivated. In recent years, Italy is top on the list of producers for mandarin. Traditional Chinese medicine believed that these citrus fruits helped regulate the Chi or life force of an individual. Nowadays, you would often see Mandarin oranges displayed in Chinese households during New Year or Chinese New Year because it is believed to provide luck, prosperity, and a long life.

Plant Description:

Mandarin comes from the Rutaceae family and grows in a tree that is often smaller than that of the sweet orange. The tree, which can grow up to 5 meters, has light colored bark with small white flowers on its knotted branches. The fruit it bears are oblate in shape and would measure from 5 to 10 cm. They are bright orange in color, eventually turning red-orange upon ripening.


The essential oil produced is from cold pressing the fruit peel. It has a thin consistency and a yellow-orange to dark orange color. Its aroma is an intense fresh scent, almost similar to sweet oranges, and has a top note. Its citrusy aroma blends well with Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Peppermint, and Ylang Ylang.

Uses and Benefits:


Relaxes, Calms, and Uplifts

Mandarin Essential Oil 2Mandarin Essential Oil is said to be a sedative and can have a relaxing effect on nervous afflictions and disturbances. Studies show that it is one of the best essential oils for anxiety and has been proven to be greatly effective for pain, nausea and anxiety attacks. It can also naturally relieve epilepsy attacks, hysteria, and convulsions.

This bedtime massage oil or lotion that makes use of the Mandarin Essential Oil is a great aid to help you relax and sleep easily after a long day.

Bedtime Massage Oil/Lotion

Use after your child’s bath or when putting them to bed at night to relax before sleep.

Another recipe you can follow is this calming personal inhaler which you can easily bring with wherever. This makes it perfect for those long days at work or at school.

Calming Personal Inhaler

Add drops to the wick of the inhaler and inhale as needed.

Cleans naturally

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Mandarin can also purify and clean the body from unwanted toxins through excretion. This cleanses your body naturally without having to use chemicals, ridding your body of possible disease-causing toxins.

Soothes sore muscles

Mandarin is also an antispasmodic, which makes it perfect for those who need relief from muscle spasms that can cause cramping. It also improves circulation, soothing and providing relief from arthritis and rheumatism.

Our easy-to-follow lotion recipe can ease muscle spasms while at the same time providing a handful of other benefits.

Soothing & Rejuvenating Lotion

Measure ingredients and mix together with a hand or stand mixer.  Transfer to bottle/jar.

Promotes healthier skin

Similar to a lot of citrus fruits, mandarin can also promote healthier skin. It improves blood circulation which in turn makes the skin look vibrant, young and rejuvenated. It also maintains moisture while helping diminish pigmentation from scars as well as stretch marks.

Because of the wonders, it works on dry skin, Mandarin Essential Oil makes for a good exfoliating and moisturizing soap. You can either follow the Loofah Soap or the Citrus Scrub recipe-- either way, you’re in for a treat!

MandarinMelt-and-Pour Loofah Soap

Mandarin Melt-and-Pour Loofah Soap



  1. Place loofah slice into a silicone mold.
  2. Place soap base into microwave-safe bowl or pyrex.
  3. Microwave soap base in 15-second intervals, stirring in between until completely melted.
  4. Stir in essential oils.
  5. Pour into mold.
  6. Let soap harden in a mold for 12-24 hours before unmolding.
  7. Wrap in saran wrap, secure with a label, and give as a fun gift.  
  8. Enjoy exfoliating while washing your hands!  

Citrus and SpiceSugar Scrub

Citrus and Spice Body Scrub



  1. Mix ingredients together and store in airtight container.
  2. To use, rub in circular motions on wet skin then rinse. Enjoy soft, clean skin.

For those with dry feet, this whipped foot lotion would serve you best.

Whipped Foot Lotion

Whipped Foot Lotion



  1. In a double boiler, combine all ingredients (except essential oils) and stir until combined.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and let rest 3 minutes, then add essential oils and stir.
  3. Let mixture come to a solid. To quicken the process, place in refrigerator.
  4. Once solid, use an electric mixer to whip lotion.
  5. Gradually come to high speed and whip for 3–4 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  6. Place in container. To use, rub on heels to help soften and soothe them

Notes:  Use a Kitchenaid mixer to achieve desired consistency.  This recipe may take some time and patience. To achieve perfection freeze it, whip it, freeze it and whip it again.

Katie Veldkamp
Katie Veldkamp

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