Tangerine Essential Oil

Citrus Reticulata

Tangerine essential oil is a "feel good" kind of oil that helps soothe your nervous system, detoxifies your body and reduces stress and tension ... all of which can help with weight loss.

It stimulates a positive mood by calming your mind and easing any feelings of anxiety, nervousness or irritability leaving you feeling invigorated.

It will also promote normal digestive function and even assist with stretch marks, cellulite, and fluid retention.  

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What is Tangerine Essential Oil?

Let's start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

This is a book that I highly recommend by the way.

About Tangerine Essential Oil

Family:  Rutaceae
Origins:  Southern China. Originally called mandarin. Renamed tangerine when it was brought to Europe. The mandarin is cultivated mainly in Italy, Spain, Algeria, Cyprus, Greece, the Middle East, and Brazil. Tangerines are grown in Texas, Florida, and California. 
Other Names:  mandarin, European mandarin, true mandarin, and Satsuma. 
Description:  A small evergreen with glossy leaves, fragrant flowers and a fleshy citrus fruit. 
Extraction:  Essence by cold expression 
Botanical Part Used: Outer peel of the fruit

Principal Constituents:  Limonene, methyl methylanthranilate, geraniol, citral, citronellal, and others

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Tangerine oil is originally from southern China but has since spread to many other areas of the world.

It's primary ingredient, is limonene which works to promote a positive mood by calming your mind and eliminating feelings of anxiety and irritability. It is also effective for body and skin treatment.

It is a very invigorating oil and can exert a positive effect on your circulatory and digestive function.

Tangerine essential oil... a versatile oil that works on digestion, emotional balance, skin conditions, weight management. It improves blood circulation, eases constipation and treats skin/hair conditions

Methods of Application


  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition 
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Avoid direct sunlight or UV rays up to 12 hours after applying
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Internal - Can be taken internally in foods or beverages
  • Dilute - Requires dilution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil
  • Photo Sensitive - Must avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after application

Suggested Uses

Digestive System

Much like lemon and orange, Tangerine oil can be used to promote normal digestive function:

  • Dilute a couple drops to 50:50 with carrier oil and massage on your abdomen to promote normal digestive function. This same blend works well in preventing spasms when applied to overworked muscles.
  • Blend Tangerine with a carrier oil 25:75 in a "gelatin cap" and consume. Gelatan caps are available through Amazon
  • Add 1-2 drops of Tangerine oil in your drinking water twice daily to detoxify and cleanse your digestive system as well as support normal circulatory functions.
  • Tangerine can be inhaled to treat gastric upset, hiccoughs and nausea. Simply put a few drops in your palm or on a tissue and inhale deeply

Other Oils for Digestion   Main Page - Digestion Problems

Eliminate Toxins

Tangerine oil can be used to detoxify and release fluid retention from your body. Mix equal parts with a carrier oil and massage all areas of concern.

Other Oils for Toxins

Emotional Balance

Try pampering yourself with a hot bath using 15 drops of tangerine oil in a cup of Epsom salts. Add the combination slowly to the water after filling the tub so the aroma will be released gradually.

Aromatically, tangerine oil can help provide a positive mood by calming your mind and body. It will help dismiss any feelings of anxiety, nervousness, and irritability:

  • Diffusing 20 drops into the air will soothe your nervous system and reduce stress and tension which are major enemies to weight management
  • Rub 2-3 drops of diluted Tangerine oil into your palms and inhale when you are feeling nervous or are experiencing uneasy feelings

Other Oils for Emotional Balance


Tangerine Essential Oil can help you with Insomnia by calming your mind and body.

Apply 2-3 drops of oil on a tissue and place it on your pillow when you go to bed to uplift your mood, relieve nervousness, and dismiss those unwanted thoughts.

See "Emotional Balance" above for more information

Other Oils for Insomnia   Main Page Insomnia Remedy


Tangerine Essential Oil is rich in vitamin C which is known to promote collagen in the body. Collagen is a key component of your body tissues including your skin so increased collagen accelerates healing and reduces scarring.

See "Skin Treatment" below for application instructions.

Other Oils for Scarring

Skin Treatment

Tangerine essential oil can be used to treat skin conditions such as:

  • acne
  • scars
  • stretch marks and
  • oily skin

Add 1-2 drops of Tangerine oil to each application of your lotion/creams and apply normally to help with stretch marks, cellulite, and fluid retention. Alternatively you can apply tangerine essential oil undiluted on small areas or in a 50:50 blend with carrier oils for larger areas.

Other Oils for Your Skin   Main Page - Skin Treatment

Stress Management

Tangerine Essential Oil calms your mind and eliminates feelings of anxiety, irritability and stress.

Tangerine works on the mind through inhalation so can be diffused, inhaled off of a Kleenex or rubbed into your palms and inhaled deeply.

Other Oils for Stress   Main Page - Stress Management

Weight Management

Tangerine essential oil can be used to detoxify and release fluid retention from your body.

Mix equal parts with a carrier oil and massage all areas of concern.

Other Oils for Weight Management   Main Page - Weight Loss

Combine With Other Oils

Blends well with:

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