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Mandarin essential oil is euphoric and spiritually up-lifting. It is extremely gentle which makes it ideal for babies, children and pregnant women. The oil can be green, yellow or red. Each type is subtly different. At Angelico we use the red variety which is from the mature fruits and has a more sweet fragrance than the others. Just looking at the colour is joyous.
Mandarin essential oil comes from the peel of the mandarin. If you press your nail across the peel you might see the tiny droplets of oil ping up into the air. That’s it! That’s the essential oil.
In France, Mandarin essential oil is often called the children’s oil. Mandarin’s fruity fragrance is loved by children and adults alike. As it has many properties including being antispasmodic and antiseptic that accompany its mild nature, it is the perfect remedy for many childhood minor ailments. The glands in children stomachs are very active so many childhood illnesses can be accompanied by tummy aches . A simple aromatherapy blend of mandarin and chamomile in jojoba can be used to sooth uncomfortable tummies. Here is a lovely simple aromatherapy blend that will be loved by young children and adults alike.
CHILDREN’S TUMMY ACHE BLEND ( also good for stretch marks )
Blends are usually stronger for adults than for children but as this blend is for use by pregnant women as well as children I have kept it at the children’s dilution for both as pregnant women can have sensitive skin and a heightened sense of smell. Even at this lower dilution it will really help to keep the condition of your skin good and help protect against stretch marks. Of course it will be perfect for children over the age of two who are feeling anxious and might have a tummy ache.
Massage children tummies in a clockwise circular motion which will eliminate cramps and tightness. Just a few minutes of this will do the trick.
For pregnant women, use to moisturise tummies, breast and bottoms twice daily to keep skin peachy. Spending a little time really massaging the oil into these areas will encourage elasticity and keep the skin nourished. Breath in the lovely aroma to promote feelings calm and wellbeing.
I am a great believer in memory association and even though Mandarin can be a wonderfully fresh, summer fragrance my memory association of it is of happy, twinkly Christmases when my parents would buy what seemed like huge quantities of them and I was allowed to eat just about as many as I liked. Now, when eating a mandarin I spend as much time breathing in the aroma of the peel - transported right back to those childhood days as I do eating them.
SAINT CLEMENTS ( oranges and lemons ) BLEND FOR VAPORISERS AND DIFFUSERS
Pour one drop each of Mandarin, Orange, Lemon, Bergamot & Grapefruit essential oils into your vaporiser or diffuser for a sparkly, citrus and wonderfully uplifting fragrance in your home or workplace.
If you would like to make this blend of essential oils a little less ‘citrus’, replace one or two of them with Lavender or Rose Geranium essential oil. This will soften the fragrance making it less sharp and give it more longevity. Use your creativity here - you will not be disappointed.
The beauty of citrus essential oil is that they are usually very reasonably priced. This is because they have a generous yield ie, the fruits contain a lot of essential oil compared to say floral oils which are much more expensive. However, they are mostly top notes. This is the term used for the part of a fragrance which you smell first but doesn’t last for very long. The middle and bottom notes last respectively longer. Mandarin, though a top note does just creep into the middle area too. So, even though the delightful, refreshing, sparkly citrus oils will not break the bank, you will find that you need to apply them more often. They are delicate too so you must keep them cool and out of direct sunlight even more diligently than your other essential oil. You will soon know if they have gone off though as they will lose their wonderful aroma and turn a dull brownish colour. Please don’t let that put you off though as they are worth the extra care.
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