At Foodcraft we believe that food is our medicine and herbs are our powerful healing partners for physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts used for a variety of purposes, including aromatherapy, skin care, and natural remedies.
We like to share the benefits of essential oils by focusing on specific oils in each blog.
Tangerines (Citrus reticulata) belong to the citrus family Rutaceae. This edible fruit originated in tropical and subtropical regions of Southeast Asia but is now cultivated in southern Europe and the United States.
Tangerines are small trees that bear fruit at the end of their branches. It has glossy, dark leaves that bear white fragrant flowers. Tangerine trees grown from seed typically take 15 years to reach full maturity, while trees grown from cuttings take only two to three years to mature and start bearing fruit. Compared to most oranges, the tangerine fruit has a richer flavor, sweeter taste and thinner skin.
Tangerine fruit can be eaten out of hand, used in desserts and used as a flavoring in some soft drinks. It is rich in vitamin C and beta carotene and contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, potassium and magnesium.
The sweet and citrusy yellow-orange oil is extracted from the peel of the fruit by cold expression. The main chemical constituents of tangerine oil are a-thujone, a-pinene, camphene, sabinene, b-pinene myrcene, limonene, y-terpinolene, linalool, citronellal, terpineol-4-ol, nerol and geranial.
History of Tangerine Essential Oil
Although tangerines originally came from Southeast Asian countries, they made their way to North America via the Silk Road trade route. The name tangerine comes from Tangiers, Morocco, where it originated before being shipped to Europe and the United States.
In traditional Chinese medicine, tangerine peel was used to treat digestive disorders such as diarrhea, indigestion, vomiting, and upset stomach. It was also believed that tangerine is able to regulate and stabilize the flow of energy in the body.
In Ayurvedic medicine, tangerine is considered a natural detoxifying agent that can strengthen the immune system, increase mental clarity, and improve overall health.
Benefits of using tangerine essential oil
Good for skin
The cytophylactic properties of tangerine essential oil stimulate cell regeneration through cell division. It also helps to restore damaged tissues in the body.
The revitalizing aroma of tangerine essential oil has both uplifting and calming effects. Mixing tangerine oil with a carrier oil and applying it to flex points can actually promote feelings of well-being. Rubbing a drop or two of tangerine oil with bergamot or lemon oil into the hands and cupping the nose for 30 seconds brightens and uplifts mood.
Promotes healthy digestion
Tangerine essential oil helps maintain the proper flow of digestive juices in the stomach. It can balance stomach acid and bile content. Tangerine oil can help treat ulcers and wounds in the digestive tract and relieve pain and inflammation. Adding one to two drops of tangerine oil to water or tea adds a citrusy, sweet flavor.
Purifies the blood
Tangerine is a known remover. Depurative means it has the ability to help remove unwanted, toxic substances such as excess salt, pollutants and uric acid. The body can excrete them through urine, defecation or sweat. It increases the ability of red blood cells to hold oxygen which helps in purifying the blood.
The oil is proven to fight infectious bacteria that can lead to sepsis. Sepsis is usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus and is characterized by red and swollen lesions with severe pain. Sepsis can be fatal if left untreated. Tangerine essential oil can be applied to open wounds to prevent infection and the spread of bacteria. It can also reduce the redness and swelling of the affected area.
In addition to its therapeutic properties, tangerine oil can be used with a diffuser to disinfect a room or other parts of the house. It can be added to clean water and used as a disinfectant for kitchen countertops, floors or household appliances. Adding a few drops of spearmint oil makes the room smell fresh and clean.
Seizures can occur in any body system and not just muscles. Seizures can be dangerous because they can cause shortness of breath, convulsions, spasmodic diarrhea, neurological problems or severe coughing and asthma. Tangerine essential oil has strong antispasmodic properties that help relieve spasms by relaxing muscles and nerves.
Reduce the appearance of stretch marks
Tangerine essential oil is known to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. It is added to a carrier oil and massaged into the affected parts of the body such as the thighs, buttocks, abdomen and upper arms. It is also known to be effective in reducing the marks caused by cellulite.
For hair and scalp
The antiseptic properties of tangerine oil help control scalp infections. Massaging tangerine oil mixed with coconut oil into the scalp can improve blood circulation and promote hair growth.
Safety tips and warnings
For pregnant and lactating mothers, it is recommended to consult a doctor before using tangerine essential oil.
As with any citrus essential oil, it is recommended to stay out of the sun after applying tangerine oil to the skin. Failure to do so can lead to skin inflammation, blisters and a burning sensation.
Avoid applying the oil to sensitive areas like eyes and inner ears. Be sure to dilute it with water or a carrier oil before using on the skin.
Credits: Innerfire Co