Tangerine essential oil comes from the peel of the fruit in a cold compression process. The aroma can be described as fresh, tangy, and sweet. In aromatherapy, Tangerine is similar to Wild Orange in that it helps uplift moods. Diffusing Tangerine oil may help with creativity, and it can help when feeling overwhelmed or overworked.
Similar to other citrus oils, Tangerine has a sweet, tangy, uplifting aroma. It can be used to help soothe anxious feelings and manage stress. Tangerine is also valuable today in integrative medicine (medicine that takes account of the whole person). Besides helping with anxious feelings and stress, Tangerine oil contains antioxidants and adds flavor to cooking.
The fruit is very popular on the Italian Mediterranean but also grows abundantly in Japan, southern China, India, the East Indies and in Australia. The name we use today in the United States comes from Tangiers, the port in Morocco where the tangerine was first shipped to Europe and the United States sometime between 1840 and 1850.
Tangerine Essential Oil History
Tangerine has a long history of use in Chinese and Japanese culture and herbal medicine where they have been cultivated for over 3,000 years. The Chinese believed tangerines would increase the flow of liquids throughout the body.
Ancient Chinese philosophers used Tangerine peel to treat digestive disorders like indigestion and stomach upset. It was also an essential ingredient in an ancient Chinese poultice for treating inflammation and sports injuries. French and other European medical practitioners also used Tangerine oil for dealing with digestive problems in children and the elderly.
Tangerine Essential Oil Uses
Today, we know Tangerine has high levels of the powerful antioxidant limonene. Like other citrus essential oils (Lemon, Lime, and Wild Orange) Tangerine has stimulating, uplifting, and energizing effects on mood when used aromatically.
Tangerine is known for its cleansing properties. It helps support a healthy immune system and helps promote digestion.
Tangerine can be used in any recipe calling for citrus fruits. Its sweet flavor comes in handy when you want to add a tangy kick to baked goods. It is also a popular and flavorful addition to desserts and drinks.
Other uses and benefits of Tangerine Essential Oil include:
- Cleansing and purifying properties.
- Soothing and relaxing aroma.
- To boost energy and uplift mood, place 1–2 drops in the palm of your hand, rub together, and cup over the nose and mouth for 30 seconds or diffuse throughout the room.
- Add one to two drops to water, or other drinks for digestive benefits.
- Add one to two drops to water, smoothies, teas, or lemonade for flavoring.
- Add two to three drops as a flavoring in cake and cookie recipes.
- Excellent source of antioxidants,
- Supports a healthy immune system.
- Apply to flex points or abdomen to promote feelings of happiness.
To utilize the cleansing and purifying properties of Tangerine oil, consider using it in homemade cleaning agents. Adding a few drops of Tangerine to your homemade all-purpose spray will leave countertops and surfaces in the home fresh and clean.
Directions for Use
You can diffuse Tangerine essential oil, rub it on your skin and take it internally.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. You can also place two drops in a Veggie Capsule and take with water.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. Caution: Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying Tangerine essential oil topically.
As with all essential oil blends, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep Tangerine essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using Tangerine oil.