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Mandarin Essential Oil (citrus reticulate) has a delicious sweet citrus aroma with faint floral notes and is the most calming of the citrus oils.
Depending upon the variety, the mandarin tree is often smaller than that of the sweet orange, usually attaining a height of only 5 metres, although with great age some trees occasionally reach a height of 7 metres (23ft).
This willowy evergreen tree has slender drooping twigs, and broad or narrow lanceolate leaves which are glossy on both surfaces and form a symmetrical, rounded crown. Small, fragrant white flowers are borne singly and are abundant on the branches. The fruit is oblate (a flattened ball shape) and measure 5-10 cms, coloured bright orange and turning red-orange upon ripening.
Mandarins display a wide range of climatic adaptability, thriving well under desert, semi-tropical and sub-tropical Mediterranean environmental conditions. The fruit produced under subtropical conditions is normally considered the finest.
Mandarin has been used for many thousands of years and is used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Mandarin Oil is cold pressed from the fresh peel of the fruit.
It is the most calming of the citrus oils.