There are 3 types of Mandarin oil (citrus reticulata): green, yellow and red. The colours do not refer to the quality of the oil, but the ripeness of the fruit when they are expressed. Absolute Aromas has selected the yellow mandarins from Sicily, for its wonderful zestiness which is distinct from the more common red mandarin oils. Sicily is the top source for these oils.
Mandarin is refreshing and one of the gentler citrus oils, making it the preference for children, pregnant women, and the elderly (in low dilutions and blended with other oils). An excellent oil for irritability, nervous tension, restlessness, indigestion.
Aromatherapy/Home Use example:
For children, an excellent blend of 1 drop Mandarin, 1 drop Roman Chamomile, and 1 drop Lavender French in will help soothe, calm, and relax them. Good for sweet dreams, restful sleep, anxiety. Either add to 1 Tablespoon carrier oil as a massage blend, or to an aroma diffuser.
Safety: It has not been demonstrated decisively, but expressed Mandarin oil is said to be non-phototoxic.