What do you think about when you hear the word “tangerine?”
When I hear the word “tangerine,” memories of elementary school flash in my head. I remember my mom packing tangerine juice with a bag of crackers or whatever biscuit I asked for in my lunch box. I’ve always loved the refreshing smell and taste of tangerine! Enough about my trip down to memory lane, let’s talk about how amazing tangerine essential oil is, how to use it and what its benefits are.
The tangerine fruit is originally from China. It is part of the citrus family, like the mandarin fruit. They have similar properties and are often confused for one another. Even if the tangerine is from the Orient, its name is from Tangier, a port town in Morocco.
Tangerine essential oil comes from Citrus reticulata, C. Nobilis, a part of the plant family Rutaceae. The tree is a small evergreen one with dark-green leaves and fragrant white flowers while the fruit is small and orange in color. Its oils are from the fruit rind through cold expression, a method of extraction. It contains chemical compounds such as alpha-pinene, limonene, linalool, citronellal, and camphene. Tangerine essential oil is usually made in China, the United States, Mexico, Japan, Argentina, Spain, and Brazil. When looking for a good tangerine essential oil, the liquid should be dark orangey yellow.
The tangerine essential oil has a citrusy, fresh, sweet aroma. It is quite similar to the scent of tangerine peels only it is just a bit more concentrated. It blends well with bergamot, black pepper, chamomile, clary sage, clove bud, frankincense, geranium, juniper berry, marjoram, neroli, patchouli, sandalwood, and ylang-ylang.
Tangerine essential oil is often used to:
Relieve flatulence, constipation, and other digestive spasms*
Tangerine essential oil has properties that help the stomach in good condition by maintaining the proper flow of digestive juices. It also maintains the right balance of acid and bile, so the excess acids will be neutralized. Tangerine essential oil can also soothe the stomach and relieve inflammation when applied topically. To stay healthy and fit, using the tangerine oil can be beneficial to keep the stomach finely tuned.
Detoxifying*This essential oil tones up the organs of the body. It is known to help detoxify the body through the lymphatic system. It assists in metabolic functions and absorption of nutrients. Tangerine essential oil ensures that the body properly excretes what needs to go out. It also helps tone the nervous system and makes sure you are alert. It boosts the immune system to keep you away from infections. When your body is free from toxins, its mileage will be longer and even happier in the long run.
Helps lessen stress-induced insomnia*
Not only does it help detoxify the body, but it also helps calm people who feel nervous. Tangerine essential oil is used as to reduce emotional imbalances. Some use it as a sedative for those sleepless nights.
Relieves various spasms*
Though the most common type of spasms can be felt in our muscles, they can happen anywhere around the body like the digestive and nervous systems. Tangerine oil helps these systems relax and relieves the spasms naturally.
Energy and Mood Booster
Tangerine essential oil is said to be a great mood uplifter and has a significant impact on a person’s creativity. It helps increase playfulness and happiness, too. If you’re feeling cranky, overworked or just plain “blah,” tangerine essential oil will do you good. Try 10 drops in your diffuser to calm nerves or relieve anxiety.
Reduce Cellulite Appearance*
Sadly, having cellulite are inevitable. Aging and weight fluctuation are the main causes of this. They are easy to get but tough to get rid of. Some say tangerine essential oil is an aid to reduce their appearance. Creating a massage blend with this oil and a carrier oil of your choice can help you get rid of these unsightly marks.
Precautionary Advice: There are no contraindications known for tangerine essential oil. It is not phototoxic but should be kept away from direct sunlight for optimal use. Oxidized tangerine essential oil may cause skin sensitization.
*These statements have not been evaluated nor approved by the FDA. Please do not use any information we share without consulting your doctor.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood