Lesson 29: Essential Oil – Red Mandarin (Citrus nobilis)

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Podcast Red Mandarin

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Brenda’s Video

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Required Reading

Foundational Aromatherapy pages 135-136

Red Mandarin

Image result for red mandarinRed Mandarin is very similar to Tangerine oil. The thing that makes the difference is where each is grown. Most everyone likes the sweet aroma of this oil. Generally this oil is a favorite among parents of young children as it tends to have a calming effect on the children. Teenagers like to use this oil on their skin related issues such as acne.

Safety Notes

➢ Non-toxic and non-irritating

➢ Mildly photo-toxic for those with very pale or sensitive skin

Tried and True Uses

✓ A child’s (mom’s) best friend in a bath or diffused in the air, helps relax all ages, particularly at bedtime for children and pregnant women.

✓ Excellent for the relief of mild muscle spasms in the back and legs for all ages.

✓ Rubbing on stomach helps relieve indigestion, flatulence, constipation and stomach aches; especially for children.

✓ Gentle on skin, a good remedy for acne and skin blemishes for sensitive skin.

✓ Safe to diffuse during pregnancy to reduce anxiety.

Blends Well With
  •  Bay Laurel
  •  Lavender
  •  Mailette
  •  Cypress
  •  Juniper Berry
  •  Grapefruit
How Do I Use It?

SOAK IN THE TUB – Mix 4-6 drops in 1⁄4 cup unscented Dead Sea Salts, milk,mpowdered milk, or coconut milk. Swish in warm water; soak twenty minute.

IT’S IN THE AIR – Diffuse 10-12 drops for fifteen minute intervals every two hours during the day.

BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT – Inhale 3-4 times a day from bottle lid. Or put 1-2 drops on tissue or cotton ball inhale directly or put in pillow case. Or 1-2 drops in palm of hands, rub together, cup hands over mouth and nose without touching face, and inhale.

SPRITZ & SPRAY – Mix 10 drops in 1 ounce of filtered or distilled wate . Shake before each use, mist lightly on area of concern or all over the body, avoiding eyes when misting face area.

RUB IT IN – Add 6-8 drops in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil, lotion. Massage into areas needing relief.

PUT IT ON – Apply 1-2 drops, or in 2-3 drops of carrier; rub on bottom of feet. Apply 1 drop on cotton swab and apply to acne or blemish.

  • Analgesic – relieves pain
  • Antidepressant – alleviates depression
  • Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation
  • Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs and infections
  • Antioxidant – protects cells from damage
  • Antispasmodic – relieves spasms
  • Carminative – relieves intestinal gas pain
  • Digestive – aids or balances digestion
  • Laxative (mild) – relieves constipation
  • Sedative – tranquilizes activity of body part.
  • Toner – nourishing, supportive, strengthening (skin and digestion)
Key Emotions:

Purifying, Joyous, Giving, and Enlightened

Key Body Systems:

Muscular, Digestive, Lymphatic, Nervous, and Urinary

Technical Data: 

Image result for red mandarinBOTANICAL NAME: Citrus nobilis

WHERE GROWN: Italy, Spain, Brazil, USA, South Africa

AROMA: sweet, citrusy, fruity

PRODUCING ORGAN: rind or peel

EXTRACTION METHOD: cold-pressing


Main Chemical Families: 

MONOTERPENES-decongestive to the muscular and respiratory systems, warming, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, air purifier

Botanical Family:

RUTACEAE- good for digestion, beneficial for the skin

User Experiences

As grandmother of several young grandchildren, I am always excited to use oils that “calm” them down without squelching their energy or enthusiasm for life. I have found that diffusing or misting Red Mandarin, and then scrunching together to read a book, really creates an amazing experience. They are calm enough to sit still but excited enough to read and discuss the book.

Brenda Wright


*DISCLAIMER: This information is provided for educational purposes only, not to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition, or prescribe in any way. The data presented here may not be complete or fully accurate. As with all essential oils, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.

*SAFETY WARNING: If applying an essential oil to skin, always perform a small patch test by properly diluting the oil in an appropriate carrier oil and applying to an insensitive part of the body, such as inside of elbow. Use vegetable or milk to remove any essential oils causing irritation. Always keep essential oils and blends away from children. To slow oxidation and protect shelf life, store in a cool, dark place with lids tightly secured. Never put oils in the ear canal or eyes.

Additional Reading

Wiki page on the Mandarin Orange

How to Pronounce

How to say Red Mandarin 

How to say Citrus Nobilis