Mandarin orange oil is derived from the fruit peel of mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata), which has been widely cultivated in many parts of China since the 12th century BC.
Similar to other fruits from the citrus family, mandarin has a long history of being used in many folk medicine traditions, including traditional Chinese, Indian and European. They believe that the unripe fruit peel can treat a wide range of conditions — from hiccups, coughs, phlegm, chest pain, gastrointestinal disorder, to liver cirrhosis.
Mandarin orange may help with various applications, such as:
• Protects wounds from potential bacterial, fungal or viral infections
• Prevents spasms in the respiratory, digestive and muscular systems
• Treats diarrhea, flatulence and constipation
• Purifies the blood and removes toxic substances in the body
• Eases inflammation and stress
• Stimulates a healthy appetite
Because of mandarin orange oil’s remarkable calming effects, it has been used to help treat epilepsy, hysteria, insomnia and convulsions.