|Tangerine oil is extracted from Citrus reticulata (also known as Citrus nobilis, C. madurensis, C.
unshiu and C. deliciosa) of the Rutaceae family and is also known as European mandarin,
tangerine, naartjie and true mandarin.
This tangy and zesty essential oil has some great properties to help relieve stress and digestive
problems, but is mostly used to increase circulation to the skin, reducing fluid retention and to help
prevent stretch marks.
It is sweet and tangy and yellowy orange color.
Origin of tangerine oil
It is a native of China, but was taken to Europe in 1805 and a little later to America, who now is a
large producer of this oil.
The difference between tangerines and mandarins are the fact that tangerines are harvested around
November while mandarins are harvested around February.
Tangerines are also deeper orange in color and do not have pips, while mandarins are more yellow
and do have pips.
Tangerine oil is extracted from the peel by cold expression.
The main chemical components of tangerine oil are a-thujone, a-pinene, camphene, sabinene,
b-pinene, myrcene, limonene, y-terpinolene, linalool, citronellal, terpineol-4-ol, nerol and geranial.
Precautions It is a non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing oil,
but some phototoxicity has been reported and it would be
best to not expose the skin to sunlight after a treatment.
The therapeutic properties of tangerine oil are antiseptic, antispasmodic, cytophylactic, depurative,
sedative, stomachic and tonic.
Tangerine oil is soothing to the nervous system and has a tonic effect on the digestive system,
while helping flatulence, diarrhea and constipation.
It is also useful for the skin and is used to help with stretch marks, increasing circulation and
reducing fluid retention.
It is an oil that can boost the digestive system, reduce retention, increase circulation and sooths the
nervous system and relieve stress and tension.
Burners and vaporizers In vapor therapy,
tangerine oil can help with soothing the
nervous system and thereby reduce stress and tension,
while also boosting the digestive system.
Blended massage oil or in the bath
As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath,
tangerine oil can assist the nervous system,
reduce flatulence, diarrhea, constipation,
and other digestive complaints,
but also increase circulation to the skin,
reduce fluid retention and help prevent stretch marks.
Cream or lotion
In a lotion or cream,
it is used to help prevent stretch marks when pregnant,
while increasing circulation and reducing fluid retention.
Tangerine oil blends well with Although most
essential oils blend well with other oils,
Tangerine oil blends particularly well with bergamot,
cinnamon, clary sage, clove,
frankincense, lavender, nutmeg and neroli.
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