Herb of the Day: Tangerine Peel

Herb of the Day: Tangerine Peel

Posted by TriLight Health on Jul 26th 2019

The tangerine has become a staple food in the US.  However it wasn't always available here.  This delicious citrus is originally from Asia. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for centuries and is considered an important element of TCM.   It's also frequently consumed in culinary preparations throughout Asian cultures- unlike in the Americas where it is traditionally composted. Sun-dried tangerine peel is the preferred method of preparation although some herbalists dry them in a dehydrator. Traditionally the peel is used dried.  It's often added to herbal preparations to enhance the flavor of a blend with strong tasting herbs.  Herbalists have found a variety of traditional uses for this vibrant orange peel as well. 

Traditional Uses of Tangerine Peel:

  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Warming
  • Digestion
  • Nausea
  • Mucous reduction
  • Coughs
  • Spleen support
  • Vitamin C
  • Tonic for supporting the body

The Plant

Tangerines grow on tall trees.  They were first grown in Asia and have been cultivated in Europe and North America.  As a variety of citrus they grow best in hot climates.  However, the tangerine can be grown in a pot in other climates with proper care.  Indoor tangerine trees need to be re-potted every few years but will grow fruit if properly maintained.  Plants have the best success when planted from a starter, although they can be grown from seed. The trees are easy to maintain and need virtually no pruning.  They begin growing fruit after three or four years and are fairly low-maintenance once they're established. 

TriLight Health and Tangerine Peel

We use Tangerine in N R G

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 N R G is our fast acting, great tasting caffeine and sugar-free energy booster. It is a TCM formula designed to strengthen and balance the body.   


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