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Uses and Benefits of Green Mandarin Essential Oil

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Emotionally uplifting and blissfully fragrant, Green Mandarin is unique among citrus oils and offers a wide variety of uses. Its fruity aroma has subtle floral undertones, making it a desirable addition to natural perfumes and cosmetics. Thanks to its unique chemistry, it offers remarkable skin and hair benefits similar to those from Melaleuca (Tea Tree). Green Mandarin is known for its soothing properties on the nervous system and its ability to support healthy digestive, immune, and respiratory function.* Green Mandarin promotes a cheerful, energized mood while soothing feelings of upset or oversensitivity.

Green Mandarin Oil Uses and Benefits

  1. Create a bright and energized environment by diffusing the sweet, refreshing aroma of Green Mandarin throughout your home or workplace. Add three to four drops in your diffuser. It can also be taken internally to support the nervous system.*
  2. Promote healthy skin and hair by incorporating Green Mandarin into your beauty routine. Add a few drops to water or witch hazel for a mild skin toner and clarifier.
  3. The limonene found in Green Mandarin makes it a highly cleansing oil. Make your own counter spray by adding 10 drops of Green Mandarin to a spray bottle filled with water to clean the surfaces of your kitchen. 
  4. Diffuse Green Mandarin in your home to purify the air and eradicate unpleasant odors. Add three to four drops in your diffuser. Green Mandarin blends well with Basil, Spearmint, Sandalwood, Lavender, or any of the citrus oils.
  5. Protect your body from environmental threats by taking Green Mandarin internally. Take one to two drops in a veggie cap to help support healthy immune function and response.* 
  6. Create your own customized perfume blends with Green Mandarin and a few other oils. You can try blending it with Sandalwood, Lavender, Spearmint, or citrus oils to experience the positive, uplifting emotional benefits. 
  7. Incorporate Green Mandarin in your cooking as a natural food preservative or flavoring in recipes calling for a subtle citrus flavor.

Fun Fact

The mandarin tree is cultivated worldwide for its sweet, juicy fruit, which are often sold as clementines or mandarin oranges. Red Mandarin essential oil comes from the rinds of the fully ripened fruit. Green Mandarin comes from fruit harvested prior to ripening. Despite the fact that the oil is distilled from unripe fruit, Green Mandarin’s aroma is less sour than most citrus oils.

Sourcing and Harvesting of Green Mandarin

Green Mandarin oil is sustainably sourced in Brazil. The doTERRA network of Brazilian citrus farmers uses the income from their green mandarin harvest to cover farming costs for the year. Later, their red mandarin harvest (from the fully ripened fruit) is mostly for profit. This creates a sustainable, steady income throughout the year for small and large scale growers, reduces green waste, and yields two beautiful essential oils with unique chemistry.

Mandarin trees need to be thinned while the fruit is still young and unripe. Approximately 60-70 percent of the green fruit is removed from the tree during this thinning process. In the past, this unripe fruit was discarded or left on the ground to decompose, as the fruit too tart to be enjoyed. However, a unique essential oil is contained in these young, unripe fruits. The cold-pressed green rinds yield a fragrant, uplifting oil distinct from that of fully ripened mandarins (which is known as Red Mandarin essential oil). Green Mandarin offers a wider range of benefits than most other citrus oils and may be preferred for cosmetic use.

See more about the sourcing story and what makes Green Mandarin unique at the video toward the bottom of the page.

Plant Description

Also known as the clementine mandarin or tangerine, the Citrus nobilis is one of many hybrid varieties of the mandarin orange. The mandarin is a citrus tree with fragrant white flowers that mature into small, juicy oranges. The unripe fruit are used in the distillation of Green Mandarin essential oil.

The mandarin tree is native to Southeastern Asia and the Philippines. Around 1850, the plant was brought to Italy, and later to Brazil by Italian immigrants. doTERRA works with small and large scale farmers in Brazil to produce this versatile oil. The hot, humid climate and the growers’ expertise contributes to a remarkable Green Mandarin oil.

Chemistry of Green Mandarin Oil

From a chemical standpoint, Green Mandarin stands out from other citrus oils due to its lower concentration of limonene, offering instead a proportionally higher concentration of gamma-Terpinene. Because of this, Green Mandarin may share some beneficial properties with Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oil, such as being protective against environmental threats and great for skin and hair care. doTERRA Green Mandarin is the only citrus oil without a photosensitivity warning. That’s because it does not contain any measurable furanocoumarins, which are present in small amounts in all other citrus oils.

Like other citrus oils, Green Mandarin has cleansing properties, but may be a better choice for applications in beauty (including skin and hair care) due to the high concentration of gamma-Terpinene and the lack of furanocoumarins. To learn more about the chemical components found in Green Mandarin or other essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog.

Oils that Blend Well with Green Mandarin Oil

Green Mandarin has a gentle aroma that blends well with Basil, Sandalwood, Lavender, Spearmint, and other citrus oils (Grapefruit, Wild Orange, Tangerine, Lemon, Lime, and Bergamot).


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