When Sir Abraham Hume, an English floriculturist and member of parliament, brought mandarin samples from China to England in 1805, Europe immediately fell in love with the fragrant fruit. Immediately afterwards, mandarin arrived in Malta, then in the south of Italy, from where it spread to the Mediterranean, where it is still grown in abundance. In 1840, the Italian consul took it to the United States where plantations were created in the south, in Florida and in California. It was given its name because of the characteristic colour of its skin, which resembles the robes worn by Mandarin dignitaries, educated public figures in the Chinese court.
Some ancient Chinese texts mention that mandarins were grown in China in the 12th century BC. They are believed to have originated from wild oranges from northeastern India, from where they reached China and then conquered the world. Today, there are several subspecies of mandarins – they are all fragrant, juicy and very healthy: one hundred grams of fruit has only 47 calories, but it is full of vitamins and minerals which mandarin gives us when we need them most, in wintertime. Vitamins C, A, B1, folic and pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, potassium, as well as plenty of fibre, will contribute to healthy digestion and metabolism, will strengthen the immune system – the body’s ability to fight viral infections and cancer cells, will regulate blood pressure and will strengthen the cardiovascular system and will enhance brain function and eye and skin health.
Here we are particularly interested in how it affects the skin. Mandarin essential oil immediately captivates us with its scent, which awakens optimism and fills us with joy. If applied correctly to the skin, its beneficial effect will help us with the following conditions:
- increased sebum secretion
- tired, lifeless skin
- clogged pores
- skin inflammations
- skin infections
- skin damage
- scars, wrinkles, stretch marks
Mandarin essential oil stimulates the growth of new skin cells, while the flavonoid nobiletin it contains stimulates the elimination of toxins and smoothes out cellulite. The antioxidants it is rich in stimulate the production of collagen, which results in the smoothing out of wrinkles, scars, including those from acne, stretch marks and other skin damage. This oil is very mild and does not cause irritation, so it is also suitable for children’s skin.
Mandarin oil will also refresh our home: in addition to disinfecting our living space, its refreshing scent will relieve nervous tensions, depression, stress and insomnia. If we add it to the bath, it will relax our muscles; it can also be used as a hair care product because it effectively prevents dandruff and moisturises the dry scalp.
Due to all these great properties, mandarin essential oil is also found in the most popular Devi balm: Devi regeneration balm contains an abundance of high-quality and completely natural butter and oils that contribute to the regeneration of the skin, wound healing, elasticity and moisture and the elimination of scars, Therefore, in addition to daily care, it is also ideal for psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, burns, including sun burns, irritation, infections, inflammations, insect bites, wrinkles, increased sebum secretion, acne scars, lack of tone…
With mandarin oil and the brilliant Devi balm, we can have a healthy skin and a cheerful spirit!