Citrus reticulata

Tangerine essential oil is obtained from Citrus reticulate, which is also referred to as C. deliciosa, C. unshiu, C. madurensis and C. nobilis. Citrus reticulata is a member of the Rutaceae family.

Tangerine essential oil possesses refreshing as well as rejuvenating properties and is mainly used for these attributes of the oil. It is believed that the aroma of this essential oil can aid in clearing the mind so that it can help to do away with mental confusion and emotional aggravation. Frequently, this essential oil is used in the manufacture of soaps as well as making various perfumes. It is worth mentioning here that people practicing aromatherapy consider this essential oil to be calming as well as soothing.

The essential oil of tangerine is calming, with a sweet and tangy fragrance, very akin to that of orange. This oil is useful in treating occasional nervous irritability. It is wonderful oil that helps to uplift the mood and spirit and induce a feeling of security. In addition, tangerine essential oil encloses a potent antioxidant known as d-limonene.

It is worth mentioning here that tangerine essential oil possesses soothing and sedating properties. Moreover, it helps to alleviate nervous tension. Application of this essential oil helps to pacify anger, grief and shock. Since this oil is excellent for lifting the spirit and mood, it is often referred to as the "happy" oil.

The bacteria species known as Staphylococcus Aureus is accountable for sepsis, a dreaded infection in humans. In fact, sepsis is a very serious health condition, as it causes severe pain, besides being responsible to swelling as well as reddening of wounds. If this condition is not treated timely, it can rapidly spread to various other areas of the body and affect them. This can happen despite no wound in those body parts. Sepsis causes severe pain, hardening of the joints, immobility in addition to severe cramps and contractions in the muscles. The other symptoms related to this condition include fever, convulsions, swelling and redness of the affected areas.

Staphylococcus Aureus also assaults new born babies, whose skin is extremely susceptible to various types of infections. On several occasions, these bacteria species attack the infants when their umbilical cord is cut to detach them from their mothers' body. Application of tangerine essential oil is beneficial in such cases. Certain compounds contained by tangerine essential oil are effective in killing these bacteria as well as prevent them from spreading. In this way, this oil helps to prevent and cure sepsis. This oil can be applied topically on any type of open wound and also be used internally with a view to produce a consistent effect on the entire body.

In addition, certain components of tangerine essential oil also work to promote new cell generation. Precisely speaking, this oil helps to stimulate cell division as well as recycling of various cellular substances within the body. This oil not only stimulates overall growth within the body, but also facilitates healing and repairing the normal wear and tear as well as any exceptional damage caused to our body.

Any agent that works to purify the blood is known as a depurative. In fact, tangerine essential oil is considered to be an exceptionally potent depurative. This oil facilitates the removal or excretion of toxic substance and unwanted materials from the body, including pollutants, uric acid, excessive salt and water via perspiration, urine as well as the excretory process. In the process, tangerine essential oil enhances the capacity of the red blood cells (erythrocytes) to retain oxygen, which, in turn, results in the purifying and refreshing of the blood.

Application of tangerine essential oil helps to pacify the body. This oil alleviates all kinds of hyperactivity and inflammation in the different organs of the body, including the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive and excretory system, thereby ensuring that they function effectively. This essential oil also tranquilizes inflammation from fever, convulsions, stress, anxiety and invasion of venomous/ toxic substances from external sources. Moreover, application of tangerine essential oil also pacifies anger, alleviates depression and soothes impulsive responses.

Tangerine essential oil also possesses stomachic properties and ensures that your stomach is in excellent condition. Tangerine essential oil does this by maintaining the right secretion and flow of various digestive juices, besides ensuring the perfect balance between bile and acids, thereby neutralizing the surplus acids. At the same time, it helps to treat the stomach wounds, if there are any. This essential oil also pacifies the stomach and provides relief from inflammation. Nevertheless, it is important to comprehend one thing regarding the effects of this essential oil. If an individual wishes to remain healthy and have an appealing physique, he/ she should essentially keep their stomach in its optimal health. Precisely speaking, this essential oil helps to keep your stomach fine tuned, thereby ensuring that your overall health is good. In fact, the essential oil of tangerine ensures that your stomach works in its optimal level.

While spasm may seem to be a very trivial issue, but the effects of this condition may be extensive and extremely dangerous. In fact, spasms are not only confined to muscle cramps, but it may occur in the digestive, respiratory and even the nervous system, thereby resulting in spasmodic diarrhea, severe coughs, breathing problems, asthma, cholera, convulsions and even nervous afflictions. Tangerine essential oil is effective in treating all such conditions. It relaxes the organ systems mentioned above and provides respite from spasms.

Any substance that tones up and strengthens the body and its various organs is known to possess tonic properties. Tangerine essential oil possesses such tonic property, as its use helps to tone up the entire bodily functions. Precisely speaking, this oil tweaks the metabolic functions like breaking down of the ingested foods and assimilation of the nutrients contained by them to tone up the stomach, liver and intestines. At the same time, it promotes growth and enhances strength, thereby ensuring appropriate excretion. In addition, the essential oil extracted from tangerine also stimulates secretion of various enzymes and hormones from the endocrine glands, in addition to reinforcing the nervous system to ensure that one is active as well as alert.

Aside from the above mentioned health benefits, tangerine essential oil also perks up the immune system, thereby protecting us from various infections. If your body is toned and tuned up, it will give more mileage to your body. In turn, this will make your system function in a healthier manner and keep you happier in the long run. Hence, it is advisable that you try this essential oil to get relief from your problems, which have been discussed above. However, you need to be cautious while using this essential oil as it may cause photosensitivity in some cases, especially in people having sensitive skin.

General properties

  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • carminative
  • cytophylactic
  • depurative
  • digestive
  • diuretic
  • refreshing
  • sedative
  • stimulant
  • stomachic
  • tonic

Blends well with

General uses

  • anger
  • anxiety
  • endocrine system
  • fever
  • grief
  • immune system
  • infections
  • inflammation
  • mood
  • sepsis
  • shock
  • stress
  • wounds


Although the essential oil of tangerine offers several health benefits, to a certain extent, it may exhibit photo toxicity for certain types of skin. Nevertheless, overall, this essential oil is non-toxic, non-sensitizing and non-irritating.

Like any other citrus essential oil, it is advisable that you do not expose yourself to direct sunlight for anything near about 12 hours after applying tangerine essential oil. Before you start using this essential oil, it is recommended that you test this essential oil for skin sensitivity. Moreover, you should test this oil on the feet if possible.