Benefits and Properties
Ruteacea Tangerine-Mandarin is in the Rue family
Place of Origin:
A native tree of China, also grown in Italy, Spain, Algeria, Cypruss, Greece, Middle East and Brazil. Now grown in Texas, Florida and California. Outside the U.S. they are mandarin and inside U.S they are tangerine. They are closely related with the tangerine having a slightly sharper, sweeter aroma. The oil mainly comes from Brazil, which exports over 200 tons a year, with the best quality from Italy.
It is an evergreen tree that can grow to around 16 to 20 feet tall. The tree is usually thorny, with slender twigs, broad-or slender-lanceolate leaves having minute, rounded teeth, and narrowly-winged petioles. The flowers are borne singly or a few together in the leaf axils. The fruit is oblate, the peel bright-orange or red-orange when ripe, loose, and separating easily from the segments. Seeds are small, pointed at one end, green inside.
A citrus oil Tangerine-Mandarin is cold pressed from the peel either by hand or more modern methods of stainless steel drums with spikes that pierce the skin. It is a top note. The oil has a golden yellow-orange color with a slight blue-violet fluorescent tint in bright light. It has a fresh, delicate, sparkling citrus aroma, very sweet, lively and a little floral, like the scent of the fruit. The oil is a lot like orange but with its own unique fragrance.Br>
Main constituents are limonene, methyl methylanthranilate with smaller amounts of geraniol, citral, and citronellal and others.
Blends Well With:
Basil, bergamot, chamomile, citronella, geranium, lavender, neroli, peppermint, rosemary, ylang ylang and other citrus oils.
This oil in non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing. Being a citrus oil it is phototoxic so do not use on skin in direct sunlight or ultraviolet light. Be sure and dilute correctly as neat it may feel hot to the skin. This essential oil is very baby and child friendly and safe for pregnancy and the elderly.
Approximate Drops Per Use:
about 4-5 drops in 1 ounce of carrier
Beneficial Effects – Physical:
Anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, detoxifying on systems and skin, digestive, carminative, a mild diuretic and laxative, sedative, tonic, stimulant to digestion and lymphatic system
Specific Conditions – Physical:
Aids digestive system, indigestion, digestive problems, sluggish liver and gallbladder, fluid retention, constipation, flatulence, nausea, hiccups, lack of appetite, cramped or tight muscles due to tension, PMS, stretch marks, scars, wrinkles, acne, oily skin
Beneficial Effects – Mental:
Uplifting and cheering, relaxing, inspiring, antidepressant, strengthening
Specific Conditions – Mental:
Emotional emptiness, sadness, fear, agitation, anxiety, nervous tension, irritability, restlessness, insomnia, shock, hyperactivity
Do you have digestive problems? Tangerine-Mandarin has a tonic and stimulant effect on the stomach and liver.
It is calming on the intestines and is even more effective when used in a synergistic combination with other citrus oils.
For childhood tummy upsets, burps and hiccups use a dilution with carrier oil and gently- massage into the tummy clockwise.
Very safe for mom and baby during pregnancy – for prevention of stretch marks use in a massage oil two or three times a day from about the fifth month on. In 1/3 to ½ once carrier oil (you could try a blend of 1 Tbsp almond and 1 tsp wheatgerm oil) you would use 1 drop each mandarin/tangerine, lavender, and neroli. Also be sure and drink water and get exercise.
To kill germs in the air in the winter put some citrus oils (mandarin/tangerine, orange, lemon, grapefruit) in a diffuse or depending on your heater on a cloth and lay on your intake vent so it spreads throughout the house.
For muscle cramps or abdomen cramps use in a massage oil and after massaging the area cover with a warm compress or get in a warm bath.
For a relaxing bath to calm you before bed and help you sleep put a few drops in your bath (dilute first with bath gel, milk, oil) and try adding some vanilla, tonka bean or sandalwood with it.
Don’t forget Tangerine-Mandarin oil is great for aiding the nervous system, diffuse for helping in easing tension, fear, sadness, and irritability. It is a good oil for cheering you up.
You can also use Tangerine-Mandarin oil to flavor puddings, cakes, and ice cream. Also add to drinks like lemonade, mineral water and liqueurs. Enjoy using this oil it is a good one to have around with children as it is so safe and gentle, but has a fresh, young and lively aroma that they like.
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