TibetanGold Sun-Dried Mandarin (Tangerine) Peel

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This popular widely known fruit goes by a variety of names, creating some possible confusion at times as to which plant one is dealing with. Commonly known as mandarin in much of the world (in Japan it goes by Satsuma), the fruit is most often called tangerine in the United States. It is generally listed under the botanical name of Citrus reticulata.

A native of Asia, the plant was introduced into Europe early in the nineteenth century. By mid-century, it had spread to the United States (South Louisiana/Florida), where it was rechristened tangerine. Tangerines are generally bigger, rounder, and have more of a yellow-colored skin; mandarins, on the other hand, are smaller, more angular, and deeper orange in color. Prized in Imperial China, it was traditionally presented as a gift to the Mandarins (Civil servants of China).

When used as a tea or added to other teas, it provides a delicious citrus flavor, and sparks-up the tea. But in addition to being a delightful tasty tea or tea additive…tangerine peel has many curative and preventative qualities. Very rich in Vitamin C and limonene (a natural organic anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial. In traditional Chinese medicine, the dried peel of the fruit is used, often aged (sometimes until it turns black in color) and sometimes even toasted in a wok. Chen Pi means aged peel.

  • Among the primary chemical constituents of the oil from boiling Tangerine Peel are limonene (as much as 90%), geraniol, citral, and citronella. Several of these (most prominently limonene) have been investigated in the laboratory, showing some potential as cancer inhibitors .
  • Tangerine peel—called Chen Pi or, sometimes, Ju Hong, meaning red tangerine peel—has a lengthy history of use in traditional Chinese medicine.
  • It is commonly used to treat indigestion, diarrhea, vomiting and other forms of digestive weakness or upset, as well as hiccups and certain types of coughs (specifically, wet coughs involving excessive production of phlegm).
  • It is said to settle, regulate, and normalize the flow of Chi (in traditional Chinese medicine, the term for life force), and to break up congestion.
  • In addition, it is believed to enhance the flow of liquids through the body.
  • The peel of young tangerines is called Qing Pi and is used to treat pain—particularly in the side and the breast, as well as pain from hernia.
  • In addition, the peel has been used in the treatment of low blood pressure and (in combination with other herbs) breast inflammation.
  • Tangerine Peel is used to treat gout, used to control morning sickness in pregnant women, and used to treat male sexual problems, including low sperm count, impotence, and premature ejaculation.
  • Tangerine peel is also used to promote healing and ease inflammation in connection with pulled muscles, sprains, twisted tendons, and other sports injuries.
  • Another primary application for Tangerine Peel is in aromatherapy, where it is used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Some of these uses parallel those in traditional Chinese medicine: for digestive and intestinal complaints (as well as hiccups), to stimulate the lymph system, to eliminate excess fluid, to boost the flow of urine, and to combat obesity.
  • In France and other parts of Europe, it is known particularly as a remedy for children and the elderly—both for digestive problems and to soothe overwrought young minds.
  • One of the gentler citrus oils, tangerine is also used frequently by pregnant women, and is generally said to be a calmative and tranquilizer, helpful in treating nervous tension, emotional stress, depression, and sleep-related difficulties.
  • Mirroring its use in cosmetics, the oil (boiling the Tangerine peel releases the oil) is also used to treat various skin conditions (such as healing scars, stretch marks, and even acne), and to discourage excessively oily skin.
  • Tangerine peel is also an ingredient in certain herbal formulas for pets, particularly to treat excess gas.

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 19 September, 2005.

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