Tangerine Essential Oil

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Tangerine Essential Oil 100% PureBotanical Name: Citrus reticulata Blanco var. Dancy
Plant Family: Rutaceae
Country of Origin: USA
Plant Part: Outer Peel
Growth Method: Organic, Cultivated
Extraction Method: Cold Pressed
Color: Yellow to Orange-red
Consistency: Thin
Strength of Aroma: Light

Dancy Tangerine is probably the best known and most highly prized citrus fruit in the United States. The original type of Tangerine from which the Dancy descended is considered to have originated in China and Southeast Asia, where it has been in cultivation since 2200BC. It was first introduced into Mediterranean Europe in 1805, and then arrived in Louisiana in 1840. From there the Tangerine was brought to Florida in 1872 by Colonel George L. Dancy, who began the cultivation of Tangerine and gave his name to this popular fruit. Today, the term "Tangerine" is often used to designate the type widely grown in Florida and California, while the term "Mandarin" is older and more commonly referred to the type that scattered across Europe.

Although Dancy Tangerine (Citrus reticulata Blanco var. Dancy) and Common Mandarin (Citrus reticulata Blanco) are botanically the same species, the Mandarin established in Europe is now quite different than the original fruit from China, while the Dancy type still remains similar characteristics. The fruit of Mandarin is rounder and somewhat sweeter, while the Dancy variety is flattened, smaller in size and has deep orange skin color. The fragrances of the two essential oils also show significant variations; the Dancy type resembles that of Sweet Orange, while the Mandarin emits a clean, sharper top note that reminds the fragrance of fresh-peeled Mandarin.

Although Tangerine and Mandarin are close relatives, their essential oils share very little. Only a few actions of Mandarin essential oil can be found in Tangerine's, and such actions are much less intense. In fact, Tangerine works more like Sweet Orange; therefore, the two oils are regarded as quite different products from the standpoint of aromatherapists.

Even Tangerine essential oil does not benefit as much as Mandarin essential oil; it still has some distinctive characteristics. One commonly known application is infection fighting. Tangerine is a strong antiseptic, antibacterial oil with powerful decongestant properties. It is extremely effective in cases of cold and flu, particularly when fevers and throat infections occur. A sore throat is often relived by inhalations of Tangerine oil.

Another notable application is that it provides excellent result in cases of hypertension and arteriosclerosis. It has been shown in numerous clinical trials that using Tangerine essential oil in a full-body massage can help improve peripheral and central circulation. It does so by making the blood more fluid and keeping the arteries unclogged and supple. Even adding a few drops of oil in a warm bath will also be beneficial.

Not only are the properties similar to Sweet Orange oil, the fragrance of the two oils are also very much alike. Tangerine essential oil contains many of the same volatiles as Sweet Orange oil, and has less of the dryness and perfumery character associate with Common Mandarin oil (Citrus reticulata Blanco), which makes it sometime hardly distinguishable from the oil of Sweet Orange. In fact, many commercial lots of Tangerine oil are altered with Sweet Orange oil for higher profit.

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  • Chamomile
  • Coriander
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Sweet Orange
  • Neroli
  • Petitgrain
  • Rose
  • Rosemary

Tangerine essential oil is generally regarded as non-toxic and non-irritating; however, like many other citrus oils, Tangerine oil is phototoxic.

Do not take essential oils internally or use without the guidance of a qualified practitioner. The information provided here is for general use only and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment. Pregnant women should always consult their physician prior to using.

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