Tangerine essential oil has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries, and is known for its uplifting scent, its cleansing properties and its sweet flavor. In aromatherapy, it is known best for its ability to lighten the mood and support a feeling of happy optimism. It is grown in temperate and tropical regions all over the world, including the southern United States to a great degree. Tangerine and Mandarin essential oils are often interchangeable; the species of citrus itself (citrus reticulata) is identical in DNA, though there are some variations in appearance and time of harvest that provide a differentiation. Tangerine essential oil is cold-pressed from the outer rind of the citrus fruit, and presents as a yellow-amber clear liquid with a fresh top fragrance note. Its chemical components are methylanthranilate, limonene, geraniol, citrol, and citronellol, its aromas sweet, warm, lemony, orangey, and floral.
Tangerine essential oil in history
The tree itself is indigenous to China, where it has been cultivated for thousands of years. It was brought to Europe in the early-1800s, and finally to America, where the vast majority of the world’s tangerine essential oil is grown and produced. In Chinese medicine, it is used to treat digestive discomfort, and is generally thought to stabilize the flow of Qi – how life force is referred to in terms of Chinese Medicine. Its action is so gentle that doctors in Europe could use it to treat digestive issues in children, the elderly and even pregnant women, and it is known in Ayurveda as one of the mildest and safest essential oils. You could say that tangerine is a cousin of the mandarin, as it is a clone or species variation of the popular and revered Chinese fruit. It was named tangerine by American importers, who used the term to refer to a variety that came mainly through the port of Tangiers, in Morocco.
Tangerine oil uses
Tangerine essential oil has a wide range of uses and is well-tolerated by most people.
Skin toner: helps to regenerate skin cells and speeds up the repair process while tightening pores and invigorating the surface skin.
Antiseptic: can be applied on wounds to prevent growth of bacteria. can also help reduce swelling and redness of the affected skin.
Detoxifies: boosts metabolic processes, helping rid the body of toxins through excretory processes. Can help to return a body to balance after an illness by ridding body tissue of impurities. Can be effective in the treatment of cellulite.
Reduces appearance of scars: reduce skin discoloration and diminish the appearance of scars from surgery, acne or stretch marks.
Diuretic: helps to stimulate the release of fluid, helping the body to flush toxins from tissue and around joints.
Mood elevator: considered one of the most uplifting, happy scents in the essential oils pantheon.
Lends confidence: supports feelings of optimism and confidence, can help to overcome social anxiety and phobias.
Purifies the blood: powerful antioxidant and circulatory stimulant helps to purge the body of impurities through excretory process. Helps to stimulate the regeneration of blood cells while increasing blood flow to the extremities.
Sedative: tangerines contain a high level of bromine, has a slightly hypnotic effect that can help calm frayed nerves and promote a restful sleep.
Whole body tonic: stimulates and invigorates metabolic function, helping the internal organs to function more efficiently. Aids in excretion, and ‘tones’ the CNS to help you feel more alert and support physical activity.
Cools the skin and body: gives you the feeling of having a lower body temperature.
Immune booster: contains a high concentration of vitamin C and vitamin D which can strengthen the immune system, prevents and shortens the time spent recovering from seasonal illnesses.
Eases digestive complaints: helps to ease nausea, diarrhea, and indigestion and normalizes enzymatic balance in the stomach.
Improves circulation: stimulates the blood and endocrine system to encourage better circulation.
Fragrance and cosmetics: tangerine oil’s fresh, clean scent is an uplifting addition to many perfumes, lotions and cosmetic preparations.
Culinary: tangerine can be used in any recipe that calls for orange or citrus fruit. A popular flavoring for soft drinks, candy and other confections.
Air freshener: freshens and cleans the air around you with a sweet, uplifting and lively citrus scent.
Though tangerine essential oil is generally considered mild and safe to use for most people, it is not recommended for use on pets as its safety in veterinary medicine has not been established. Some citrus oils can be toxic to cats, especially. Always consult your veterinarian before exposing your pet to essential oils. Most citrus oils are phototoxic. Though tangerine oil is considered a very low risk, it is advisable to avoid sun exposure while using topically. Always heed recommended dilution ratios and test on a small area of skin until you know your tolerance. Avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes. Undiluted ingestion of essential oils can be harmful. Do not ingest undiluted essential oil unless under the direct guidance of a practitioner who is qualified to practice aromatherapy.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.