Tangerine (Citrus tangerina) belongs to the mandarin orange family, which are both members of the citrus family. They have very similar taste and properties, the reason why they are often interchanged. But horticulturists can easily distinguish one from another. Compared to mandarin’s light colored skin, tangerine’s skin has a darker reddish-orange hue, and while mandarin skin has a smooth texture, tangerine has a thick, bumpy skin.
Tangerine oil comes from the fruit’s outer peel and has a warm, fresh, and citrusy aroma. Because of its sweet, tangy scent and calming effect, it’s a perfect fit for any early morning ritual.
Tangerine essential oil is favored for:
- Calming effect – It works as a relaxing agent by soothing agitated nerves. It may also reduce tension as well as emotional imbalances. It also works as a sedative by relieving anxiety, depression, and nervousness. It also promotes healthy sleep.
- Blood purifier – The depurative property of the oil helps purify the blood by aiding in the excretion of toxic compounds such as uric acid, excessive salt, and pollutants. Toxins are released from the body through sweat, urination, and excretion.
- Controls spasms – It has a strong antispasmodic property and acts as a relaxant to relieve the muscles and nerves from spasm.
- Weight loss – When applied topically as a massage oil, it may help fight against cellulite. It can also help speed up your metabolism by keeping the stomach in good condition. Tangerine oil helps with the circulation and balance of digestive juices in the stomach.
- Because of its antiseptic properties, Tangerine essential oil can be used topically to fight the growth and spread of several types of bacteria.
- Skin – Like a number of other essential oils, Tangerine oil has cytophylactic properties, which is a fancy word meaning that it can stimulate the generation and growth of new cells. This property of Tangerine oil makes it especially useful for aging or mature skin that needs rejuvenation and can also help speed up the healing of skin damaged by burns.
How to Use
- It can be used in cleaning the house, take a few drops and mix it with water. Apply the solution to a cleaning rag and use it to wipe surfaces and nooks. With its antiseptic property, it helps disinfect and clean the house.
- By applying directly to a wound, Tangerine oil may help kill bacteria and disinfect the affected area. It can also reduce the swelling and redness of the wound.
- It can be added to a carrier oil and used as a massage oil. Mix Tangerine 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 prevent stretch marks, mix 1-2 drops of Tangerine essential oil with 1-2 drops of lavender oil and a teaspoon of preferred carrier oil and rub onto affected areas.
- Add a couple of drops to your Ultrasonic Diffuser to keep your environment smelling fresh, clean and enjoy the wonderful scent!
- For skin care try adding a drop to your face cream, be careful to avoid the eyes.