Mandarin Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Citrus Nobilis


Native to China and Far East, now widely grown in US, the Mediterranean basin

Parts Used


Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Mandarin essential oil has a light, refreshing and uplifting aroma.

Mandarin is particually good for the skin, as it is a cell regenerator, and it is used to treat stretch marks, scar tissue and wound healing. 

Mandarin is also a digestive stimulant, and can be used for digestive upsets, indigestion and flatulence particually in children and old people.

Mandarin has a soothing effect on the emotional body and can bring relief in the case of insomnia, anxiety, low mood and stress. With its beautiful sunshine colour the essential oil is actually nourishing to the nervous system. It is also thought to be uplifting and restorative to the mind, bringing back zest and concentration.

Mandarin essential oil can be used in the bath to nourish the emotions, mind and spirit. It can be added to a carrier oil to nourish the skin, and added to a carrier cream to rub on the abdomen when the stomach is upset. See How to use Essential Oils

Top note

Mandarin & wheatgerm oil for: stretch marks and wound healing.
For nourishing the spirit & emotions: Mandarin, Geranium, Chamomile, Jasmine, Rose, Ylang ylang, Sandalwood & Lavender

For restoring the mental energy: Mandarin & lemon

Fruity, sweet, zestful and light.

Typical Use

Use 6-8 drops of essential oil in a bath, 2-4 drops in an oil burner and 10 -18 drops per 30ml of carrier oil.

Folklore and History

Mandarin peel has been a medicine in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It is used to balance and strengthen liver qi. This fruit derived its name from Mandarins, who were the imperial officials in pre-revolutionary China.


Monoterpenes as y-terpinene, Limonene, pinenes, myrcene, p-cymene, alcohols as linalool, citronellol, esters as methylanthranilate, aldehydes as decanol, sinensal, citral, citronellal and other.