Type of plant: Small evergreen tree with dark-green leaves, fragrant creamy-white flowers, and small orange-colored fruit
Part used: Fruit rind
Method of extraction: Cold expression
Data: The fruit is harvested before fully ripe so the rind can remain attached to the body of the fruit during the extraction process. Tangerine is larger and darker in color than mandarin. Although the fruit and aromas of tangerine and mandarin can easily be confused, their essential oils have slightly different therapeutic properties. Originally from China, tangerine is closely related to mandarin. The name tangerine comes from the fact that the fruit was widely grown around Tangiers, a port town in Morocco.
Principal places of production: China, United States, Mexico, Spain, Japan, Argentina, Brazil
When buying look for: A dark orangey-yellow to orange liquid with a fresh, fruity, bright, citrus aroma typical of the fruit
Therapeutic properties: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, cytophylactic, depurative, digestive, sedative, stomachic, tonic
Therapeutic uses: Stress-induced insomnia, nervous exhaustion, mild muscular spasm, cellulite, digestive problems, detoxifying, flatulence, constipation, bodily congestion, tired all the time, irritability, generally dispirited, overly anxious
Blends well with: Basil linalol, bergamot, black pepper, cananga, caraway seed, cardamom, carrot seed, chamomile german, chamomile maroc, chamomile roman, clary sage, clove bud, fennel (sweet), frankincense, geranium, immortelle, jasmine, juniper berry, linden blossom, marjoram (sweet), mimosa, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, rose absolute, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang
Precautionary advice: No contraindications known. GRAS status.