Tangerine (Citrus riticulata) is in the citrus family of botanical plants. The Tangerine tree was originally native to China, but is now grown predominantly in the United States, Sicily and Italy. The tree is also very similar to the Mandarin grown in China. The tangerine tree produces a small fruit, orange in color with a taste somewhere between a mandarin and an orange. Tangerine essential oil has the typical citrus scent – fresh, radiant, and tangy sweet. With only subtle differences, it smells a lot like the Mandarin, with some even considering them identical. In comparison to Sweet Orange, Tangerine can be seen as lighter with more candy-like tones.
How Can We Use Tangerine Essential Oil for Our Health?
Tangerine essential oil, like most of the citrus family, can be depended upon for refreshing and rejuvenating characteristics. This particular essential oil is one of my most favorite oils to flavor my water. Try it! Its aroma clears the mind and can help to eliminate emotional confusion. Aromatherapists Beyond Tangy Tangerine also consider it to be very comforting, soothing and warming. Users may also see Tangerine used in perfumes, soaps, and as an antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, sedative, stimulant (digestive and lymphatic), and tonic agent. Tangerine essential oil blends well with Basil, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Clary sage, Clove, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Neroli, and Orange. Tangerine can be taken internally and is a great breath freshener. It can be diffused or applied to the skin. Tangerine is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. It is possibly phototoxic.
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