About Tangerine Essential Oil
Tangerine Essential Oil (Citrus reticulata) from the USA is Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil. It is known by several botanical names, including not only Citrus reticulata but also Citrus nobilis, Citrus deliciosa, Citrus tangerine and others.
Note: All information on this page, above and below, is provided for educational interest only. Nothing here is intended to make claims for our product “Tangerine Essential Oil”. Your experiences with an essential oil may differ from any one else’s experiences. No information provided here is intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any physical or mental illness. Please pay attention to the safety information provided below in order to insure that your experiences with this product are good ones.
The tangerine is a type of Mandarin orange but it is smaller and sweeter in taste than other types of oranges. The tangerine is, in fact, a hybrid cross between the Mandarin orange and the pomelo, an ancient natural (non-hybrid) citrus fruit native to South and Southeast Asia. The tangerine takes it name from the port of Tangier in Morocco as this was the first port through which it entered the Western world.
Tangerine Essential Oil is produced by expression of the peels and has a wonderful fresh, citrusy aroma that is sweeter, brighter and more intense than that of Sweet Orange Essential Oil. It’s been described by aromatherapists as having a calming yet gently uplifting effect and to also be helpful for relieving spasms. Like Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Tangerine Essential Oil has been said to have antiseptic properties and is popular for this reason as a constituent in household cleaning products. Many aromatherapists believe that this essential oil is helpful for increasing circulation and reducing fluid retention.
If you like Tangerine Essential Oil, you may also wish to try these other variations of Orange Essential Oil:
Blood Orange Essential Oil
Mandarin Orange Essential Oil – Yellow
Mandarin Orange Essential Oil – Red
Mandarin Orange Essential Oil – Green
Sweet Orange Essential Oil (Organic)
Sweet Orange Essential Oil (conventional)
Tangerine Essential Oil
How to Use Tangerine Essential Oil
Tangerine Essential Oil is appropriate for inhalation and application to the skin. For inhalation, place a few drops in a diffuser or a small bowl of steaming water. You could also place a drop or two on an aromatherapy locket (any aromatherapy jewelry you use should be designed to insure that the essential oil does not touch your skin: lava stone jewelry is not a good choice).
For topical application, we recommend a maximum concentration of 2%, which is achieved by adding 18 drops of Tangerine Essential Oil to one ounce of vegetable oil (such as Sweet Almond Oil or Grapeseed Oil). Properly diluted, Tangerine Essential Oil is good for massage and can be used for that purpose as a single essential oil or as part of a blend of essential oils.
For a relaxing and refreshing bath, add three drops of Tangerine Essential Oil to a tablespoon of whole milk or vegetable oil and mix into a warm bath (note: if you use vegetable oil, the tub will be slick so take care not to slip). Using excessively hot water for bathing with essential oils increases the risks of skin irritation.
We especially like to use Tangerine Essential Oil in blends: since it has a moderate aromatic impact, use it in small amounts to add citrusy sweetness to a blend of several essential oils. It blends well with many herbal, woody, spicy and floral essential oils.
Tangerine Herb and Essential Oil in History and Traditional Medicines
Like other citrus fruits, tangerines are high in Vitamin C and were traditionally eaten to prevent scurvy. Tangerine peel has long been used in Chinese Medicine and according to Dennis Willmont (Natural Healing with Essential Oils, 2003) it is the main herb for Moving Qi and Ridding Damp in that ancient system.
In classical Chinese Medicine, the energy of Tangerine Essential Oil is Cool and Dry and its main elemental correspondence is with Earth. It’s actions have been said to include:
- Moves Blood and Qi
- Rectifies the Skin
- Frees the Spirit and Pacifies Emotions
- Fortifies the energetic systems of the Stomach and the Spleen
According to Tisserand and Young, Tangerine Essential Oil is not phototoxic but oxidized (spoiled) samples may produce skin sensitization. We recommend that you store this essential oil in the refrigerator if you plan on keeping it more than 3 months. Store all essential oils in opaque, tightly capped bottles, away from heat, light and moisture. Follow all General Safety Guidelines.
Disclaimer: Information provided in this description is for educational purposes only. Its is not intended to be used in/for the treatment, cure, mitigation or diagnosis of any mental or physical disease or illness or as a substitute for consulting with a physician or other appropriately trained and licensed health care professional. Artisan Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the improper use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from attempts to follow historical reports of a plant’s uses. Please note that essential oils do not necessarily have the same properties as other types of herbal preparations of the same plant and since essential oils are the most highly concentrated type of preparation made from plants, they can have toxicity issues not arising from use of other types of herbal preparations of a given plant. All issues that pertain to your physical or mental health should be discussed with and supervised by a licensed health care professional. Keep all essential oils away from and out of reach of childrenEssential Oil Safety Considerations