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Tangerine Oil

Cultivated for over 3,000 years in China and Japan, the sweet and tangy with yellowy orange color fruit-- tangerine has derived its name from Tangier, Morocco. This was the port from which the first tangerines were shipped to Europe. These fruits are symbolic as they are believed to bring good luck during the Chinese New Year. In fact, tangerine is more or less like Mandarin, with the exception that it is more orange in color, without pips, and harvested in a different time of the year than mandarins.

Botanically known as Citrus Reticulata, the essential tangerine oil is extracted from the tangerine fruit by cold compression of its peels. Apart from having rich resource of Vitamin C, the oil is additionally having ample amounts of several other beneficial chemical components. Thus, it helps to relieve stress and digestive problems, increase blood circulation, reduce fluid retention, and help prevent stretch marks. Tangerine oil blends particularly well with bergamot, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, frankincense, lavender, nutmeg and neroli.
 

History of Tangerine
This fleshy and fruity native of China did not reach Europe and North America until the nineteenth century. It reached America in the mid-19th Century when the Italian consul at New Orleans planted it on the consulate grounds. In later times, it was brought to Florida between 1840 and 1894 by Major Atway. Today it is cultivated in subtropical regions worldwide, especially southern Europe and the southern U.S. The oil extracted from this tree (which is smaller than other orange trees) is a characteristic ingredient in several flavorings and liqueurs. In present time, America is a large producer of this oil.

Oil Extraction
Extracted from Citrus reticulata (also known as Citrus nobilis, C. madurensis, C. unshiu, and C. deliciosa) of the Rutaceae famil, the essential oil of tangerine is also known as European mandarin, tangerine, naartjie, and true mandarin oil.This oil is extracted from the peels by cold compression.

 

Applicable Benefits
The main chemical components of tangerine oil are a-thujone, a-pinene, camphene, sabinene, b-pinene, myrcene, limonene, y-terpinolene, linalool, citronellal, terpineol-4-ol, nerol and geranial.
The therapeutic properties of this oil are antiseptic, antispasmodic, cytophylactic, depurative, sedative, stomachic, and tonic. The health benefits of this oil holding significant impact in the Chinese culture and their herbal medicines, can be enlisted as:

  • Anti Septic: Septic is not only limited to mere swelling and reddening of the wounds, with acute pain. If not checked, it quickly spreads to the other parts of the body and affects them, even if there are no wounds there. It causes acute pain, immobility and hardening of joints, acute contraction and cramp in muscles, swelling, redness, fever and convulsions. It readily attacks the new born babies as their skin is vulnerable to infections. It also attacks them when they are detached from their mother’s body by cutting the umbilical cord. The Essential Oil of Tangerine contains certain components which kill these bacteria and stops its spreading, thereby helping cure septic. It can be externally applied on open wounds as well as taken orally for having a uniform effect on the whole body.
  • Anti Spasmodic: Spasm may be a small word but its effects may be widespread and highly damaging. Spasm is not restricted to muscular cramps only. It can happen in respiratory system, digestive system and nervous system also and can cause breathing troubles, asthma, congestion, severe coughs, spasmodic diarrhoea and cholera, nervous afflictions and convulsions. The Essential Oil of Tangerine induces relaxations in the organic systems named above and gives relief from spasm.
  • Cytophylactic: Certain components of this oil stimulate generation of new cells, or more precisely, cell division, and recycling of the cellular matter in the body. This does not only promote general growth of the body but also helps heal or repair the regular wear and tear and outstanding damages done to the body.
  • Depurative: An agent that purifies blood is called a depurative. The Tangerine Essential Oil is one such depurative. It helps in the excretion or removal of the toxic and unwanted substances such as uric acid, pollutants, extra salt and water from the body through sweat, urine and excreta, etc. as well as increases the oxygen retaining capacity of the erythrocytes (red blood cells), thereby refreshing or purifying the blood.
  • Sedative: The Essential Oil of Tangerine soothes. It soothes all types of inflammations and hyperactivity in all the systems functioning in our body, namely, the respiratory system, circulatory system, digestive system, nervous system and the excretory system. It sedates inflammation due to fever, intrusion of poisonous substances in the blood stream from external sources, convulsions, anxiety, stress, hypersensitivity of allergy, etc. It also sedates depression, anger and impulsive responses.
  • Stomachic: Being a stomachic, the Essential Oil of Tangerine keeps your stomach in good condition by maintaining proper flow of digestive juices into it, by maintaining the right balance between the acid and bile (so that excess acids are neutralized) and by curing the wounds, if any, in the stomach. It soothes the stomach and gives relief from inflammation. One thing must be understood, if somebody wants to have a trouble free health and a good physique, then he must keep his stomach fine tuned and this is exactly what this oil does. It helps your stomach keep functioning properly.
  • Tonic: One that tones and fortifies is a tonic and Tangerine Essential Oil has this property. It tones up all the functions in the body. It fine tunes the metabolic functions like decomposition of food and absorption of nutrients by toning up the liver, stomach and intestines, helping in growth and adding to strength; ensures proper excretion; promotes the endocrinal secretions of hormones and enzymes and also tones up the nervous system and keeps you more alert and active, and finally, boosts the immune system, protecting you from infections.
  • Other Benefits: It improves circulation of blood and phlegm, boosts digestion, helps maintain oil and moisture balance in the skin and shows cicatrisant and emollient properties too. It also eases constipation and treats diarrhoea, flatulence, rashes, dryness and cracking of skin, hair problems, dandruff, etc.

 

Few Words of Caution: The tangy taste carrying tangerine oil is non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing in nature. However, having certain degree of photo toxicity in it, some skin types may show allergy to it. Thus, it is best not to expose the skin to sunlight after a treatment.

 
 
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