Have you ever enjoyed the sweet, tangy, exhilarating flavor of tangerine in your favorite cake or scone? Or felt a sensation of happiness and warmth wash over you as you peel a tangerine and smell the zesty, fresh scent? These are just some of the many little surprises this citrus fruit originating from China has to offer. Cold-pressed from the fruit of the Citrus reticulata tree, the tangerine essential oil is rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene and has been used throughout history for herbal health practices.1
Tangerines belong to the same family as mandarin oranges, but they have a deeper orange color and are harvested in a different time of year. Tangerine fruit grows on an evergreen that bears bright orange, sweet citrus fruit, and white flowers. Because of the sweet scent and taste of the tangerine fruit, it is commonly used for desserts, beverages, and spreads. Like mandarins, tangerines hold a place of significance in Chinese culture and herbal medicines, with health benefits ranging from preventing sepsis to soothing inflammation and purifying the blood.2
Citrus essential oils like tangerine that have high levels of the monoterpene limonene are known for their ability to have stimulating and enhancing effects on mood. These spirit-lifting effects can be experienced by using the oil aromatically—diffusing or inhaling the essential oil. Limonene in essential oils is also known for its cleansing and purifying properties, which makes it helpful for cleansing surfaces around the home.
The chemical composition of this essential oil includes, but is not limited to:
- Gamma terpinolene
Uses for Tangerine Essential Oil
The tangerine essential oil has an array of health benefits including:
- Acts as an excellent source of antioxidants
- Gives relief from spasms by inducing relaxation in the organ systems
- Improves circulation
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Soothing, relaxing, and calming
- Cleansing and purifying
This is just the beginning of this little fruit’s big kick. The biggest health benefits of tangerine essential oil are highlighted below:
The essential oil of tangerine soothes all types of inflammation and hyperactivity in the organ systems functioning in the body. These include the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous, and excretory systems. Properties in the oil calm inflammation from fever, poisons in the bloodstream, convulsions, anxiety, stress, and allergies. It has been known to help alleviate mood swings and impulsive responses.
Acts as an Antifungal and Antiseptic
Staphylococcus aureus is the species of bacteria that is responsible for the dreaded infection called sepsis, which causes swelling and reddening of wounds along with acute pain, immobility, and hardening of joints. Other symptoms include acute contraction and cramps in muscles, swelling, redness, fever, and convulsions.
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Thankfully, the essential oil of tangerine contains components that help kill these bacteria and stop it from spreading, thereby helping to alleviate sepsis. It can be externally applied to open wounds, as well as taken orally to create a uniform effect on the whole body.
Boosts Digestion and Acts as a Tonic
Science is discovering more and more evidence of the important interplay between the gut and brain. Your stomach is the center of intelligence, holding the equivalence to a small pet’s brain. It acts as host to 200 million neurons and hundreds of billions of bacteria that influence your personality. The brain and gut are both responsible for running the nervous system and are in constant communication with each other. We subconsciously carry a lot of thoughts and feelings in our gut, hence the popular phrase, “Trust your gut.”
The essential oil of tangerine helps to keeps your stomach in good condition by maintaining a proper flow of digestive juices and a balance between the acid and bile so that excess acids are neutralized. It also fine-tunes metabolic functions such as decomposition of food and absorption of nutrients by toning up the liver, stomach, and intestines.4 By promoting a healthy gut and enhancing the flow of the nervous system, tangerine oil leads to growth, strength, and alertness…essentially tuning and toning your body to be healthier and happier over the long term.
Improves Appearance of Skin
The cytophylactic properties of this magical oil aid in restoring damaged tissues in the body, reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks as well as easing cracked skin. When added to massage creams and oils, tangerine oil makes the skin soft and supple. It also has some compounds that make skin pigment brighter.
Due to its antifungal and antiseptic properties, tangerine oil is a great remedy for acne and skin impurities. By applying directly to a wound, it helps kill the bacteria and disinfects the affected area. The swelling and redness of the wound will also be reduced.
The oil also works for hair because of its antiseptic properties, treating dandruff, dry scalp, and other hair problems or infections of the scalp.
When you need some extra sunshine in your life, tangerine essential oil is a great pick-me-up. Its revitalizing aroma can help to lift the spirit and enhance the mood by increasing creativity, playfulness, happiness, open-heartedness, and spontaneity. You can experience some of this adventure and opportunity with MONQ’s liberating Ocean blend of eucalyptus, lime, and tangerine.
Tangerine essential oil also has a calming effect and works as a relaxing agent by soothing agitated nerves. It helps reduce tension as well as emotional imbalances and helps alleviate mood swings and nervousness. These effects promote well-being as well as healthy sleep.
While these are the most impactful health benefits of tangerine oil, there are many other popular and inspiring ways to use the oil in foods, aromatherapy, and herbal remedies…
How To Use Tangerine Essential Oil
- The sweet flavor of tangerine oil comes in handy when you want to add a tangy kick to baked goods. Add two to three drops of the oil to your favorite cake, cookie, or scone recipes, and enjoy the sweet, exhilarating flavor that tangerine oil can bring to your most beloved sweet treat.6
- Add one or two drops of water, smoothies, teas, or lemonade for flavoring and for its digestive benefits.
- To take advantage of the immune-supporting benefits of tangerine oil, add one or two drops to your water to take internally.
- To use the cleansing and purifying properties of tangerine oil, consider using it in homemade cleaning agents. Add a few drops of tangerine to your homemade all-purpose spray to leave countertops and surfaces in the home fresh and clean.
- Use topically to help promote a sense of well-being when you need some extra sunshine in your life. Apply tangerine oil topically to your solar plexus, or add to your skincare products like body scrub and hair care.
- Make an inspired, invigorating massage oil by mixing with a light carrier oil such as jojoba oil or coconut oil. The recommended ratio is one drop of tangerine essential oil to every 5 ml of preferred carrier oil.
- To boost energy and uplift mood, place one or two drops in the palm of your hand, rub together, and cup over the nose and mouth for 30 seconds or diffuse throughout the room.
- Apply to flex points or abdomen to promote feelings of calmness. Dilute with fractionated coconut oil to minimize sensitivity if needed.
- Diffuse throughout your day, especially times of stress or grief. Consider massaging over the solar plexus daily to increase playfulness.
- For warmth, blend with spicy oils like cinnamon, clove, or nutmeg. For a bright, uplifting aroma, blend with other citrus essential oils like bergamot or lemon. For a tangy, refreshing scent, mix with mint essential oils like Peppermint or Spearmint. Tangerine oil also blends well with clary sage, frankincense, lavender, and neroli.
Safety and Precautions
As with all citrus oil, avoid direct sunlight for a minimum of 12 hours after topical application. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use. Avoid contact with the eyes, inner ears, nose, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before use.
As you can see from its wide array of health and wellness benefits, this zesty little fruit has a BIG kick. Whether you’re looking for an herbal health remedy, a digestive aid, an antiseptic wound treatment, a tangy citrus flavoring for your favorite sweet treat, a playful afternoon pick-me-up, or calming aromatherapy – tangerine essential oil is a perfect solution.
Capable of providing a holistic boost to the immune system that we were only beginning to understand, tangerine is really a hidden gem of essential oils and a great tool in any natural healing approach.
Revitalizing, tantalizing, and purifying—tangerine essential oil is beautiful to diffuse in burners, as well as infuse in natural creams or oils for an invigorating massage or skincare treatment. With the enlivening scent, even just a few drops of the pure oil rubbed into your hands, solar plexus, heart, or third eye on your forehead, can shift your entire perspective and give a much-needed boost to your day.
This is the secret of essential oils … to treat our whole being—mind, body, and spirit—through powerful herbal ingredients and our senses of smell and taste.