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Essential Oil Spotlight: Green Mandarin

Green Mandarin (Citrus nobilis) essential oil is cold pressed from the peel of green, unripened mandarin fruit. Distilling before ripening gives the oil a brighter, fresher aroma. The citrus aroma is sweet with herbal undertones. Green mandarin properties: anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antispasmodic, antitumor, antiviral, expectorant, laxative, and sedative.


Common Primary Uses: Green mandarin can be used aromatically, topically, and internally for nausea and for soothing digestive system disorders generally. Research has found that the chemical constituent limonene—extremely high in green mandarin essential oil—can reduce symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) when taken internally.  The oil is also toning to the skin while applied topically. The aroma is effective for soothing strong emotions such as anger, grief, and shock—as is topical application. (For more uses, see Modern Essentials and Modern Essentials Handbook, 10th editions.)

Body Systems Affected: Digestive, emotional balance, immune, skin.

Application and Safety Data

Aromatic: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.

Topical: Can be applied neat (without dilution). Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points.

Internal: Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA. Take 1–2 drops in a capsule or dilute 1 drop in 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey or in 1⁄2 cup (125 ml) of beverage (e.g., soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and with greater dilution for children 6 years and older.

Safety Data: Old or oxidized oil may irritate highly sensitive skin. Avoid UV light for up to 12 hours after using on skin to avoid photosensitivity. Consult with a physician before use if taking medications, pregnant, or nursing.

Ways to Use

Diffuser Blends: Green mandarin is sedating and calming to the nervous system while promoting courage and quiet strength.


Perfume: Mix essential oils in the order listed in a 1/3 oz. (10 ml) roll-in vial. Fill remainder with fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil (both are nearly odorless). Allow blend to sit for a couple of days before use to synergize the aromas.

Skin Toner: Add ½ c. (~120 ml) witch hazel and 1 ½ Tbsp. (~22 ml) vegetable glycerin with a funnel to a 4 oz. glass bottle. Add essential oils, and shake well to combine. Mist mixture onto skin or dab on with a cotton ball after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Source: Modern Essentials®, 10th edition.

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