Tangerine essential oil, citrus reticulata, has a sweet, citrus scent. Tangerine essential oil is uplifting and refreshing and may help to soothe troubling emotions. Its scent often has a calming and sedating effect and may help to ease nervous tension. Tangerine essential oil may cause sensitivity to sunlight, avoid exposure to direct sun for six hours after direct application to the skin. The oil is a possible skin irritant, so always dilute it in a carrier oil. Tangerine essential oil is widely valued for its ability to soothe and refresh both mind and body.
The tangerine, citrus reticulata, is a small evergreen tree up to 20ft high with ovate leaves and small fragrant white flowers, and bearing fleshy fruit. The essential oil is obtained by cold compression from the outer peel. A mandarin petitgrain oil is also produced in small quantities by steam distillation from the leaves and twigs. Mandarin is native to southern China and the Far East and was brought to Europe in 1805 and to the USA forty years later, where it was renamed the tangerine.
Tangerine essential oil blends well with the following essential oils: orange, neroli (orange blossom), vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and bergamot essential oils.
Tangerine oil cautions - Non toxic (possibly photo toxic), non irritant, non sensitizing.
Tangerine oil properties - Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, sedative, stimulant (digestive and lymphatic), tonic.