Clementine is grown in the Mediterranean region and in South Africa. An Algerian monk, Father Clement is believed to have crossed a sweet orange tree and mandarin orange tree, thus the name Clementine.
Clementines are oblate (flattened at the poles) and are medium-sized. The exterior is a deep orange color with a smooth, glossy appearance. They are easy to peel, have no seeds and are packed full of very important nutrients including Vitamin C. What a perfect snack!
Clementine essential oil is cold-pressed from the rind of the fruit. It is used in massage for its pain relieving, stress reducing and rejuvenating properties. It is also effective in aromatherapy and vaporizer treatments for alleviating stress, restlessness and helps with sleeplessness.
The oil has been used in hospitals throughout Europe as a calming agent. It is effective for the skin by increasing circulation, reducing fluid retention, enhancing smooth, clear skin and helps get rid of stretch marks. *It gained popularity in the U.S. in the early 1900s, and is now sometimes known as the “Christmas orange,” since it’s harvested from late fall through January.