Botanical Name: Citrus reticulata
Part Used: Peels
Process: Cold Pressed
Tangerine expressed oil has a carefree, delicate citrus aroma that is especially suited for children and the elderly.
Plant Description: Native to China and southeastern Asia; grown commercially in California, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Japan, Russia, southern Europe and northern and northwestern Africa. Tangerine is an evergreen citrus tree that grows to a height of 20 feet with dark green glossy leaves, fragrant flowers and a fleshy, globular fruit. Tangerine fruit is larger than its close relative, the mandarin, and its flesh is dark to reddish-orange in color. The oil is machine pressed from the ripe fruit during the peak harvest season of October through April in the northern hemisphere.
Oil Description: Orange mobile liquid with a lively, fresh, sweet citrus aroma very much like bitter orange and Valencia orange oil, but with less body than mandarin oil.
Historical/Traditional Uses: Tangerines have been cultivated in southern China for several thousand years and were brought to the Mediterranean region most likely as seeds on the overland trade routes. They may be considered a subspecies or variety of Citrus reticulata, but further research is required to ascertain the correct taxonomy. The word “tangerine” was originally an adjective meaning “of or pertaining to, or native of Tangier, a seaport in Morocco, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Wikipedia states the adjective was applied to the fruit that grew in the region of Tangier, although it was once known scientifically as Citrus nobilis var. Tangeriana. Tangerines were first shipped to Europe from Tangier in 1841 and were introduced to the US in the mid-1800s.
Applications (Uses and Indications): In aromatherapy, Tangerine expressed oil is shown to benefit the nervous system, reduce tension, aid digestion, and address fluid retention. In a carrier oil, it helps with the breakdown of cellulite, lymphatic drainage, and the reduction of stretch marks. Its cheerful and inspiring aroma benefits and soothes the psyche. It is especially useful with regard to children and the elderly for soothing upset stomachs and calming hyperactivity or anxiety. In perfumery, Tangerine oil is little used; however, it is a top note that blends well with bergamot, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lime, neroli, nutmeg, orange, and rose.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Tangerine expressed oil is non-sensitizing and non-irritating; it is photosensitizing _ avoid skins exposure to sunlight for at least 24 hours after application.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
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