Tangerine Essential Oil
For use in Chinese culture and herbal health practices throughout history, the tangerine fruit produces an essential tangy, sweet-smelling oil. Cold-pressed from the Citrus reticulata tree's fruit.
Citrus Reticulata (Citrus basic oil) is cold-pressed from the seed rind. Its aroma is very sweet and citrusy (duh). It's a less used oil, so I feel it's still discovering benefits, but looking at its popular characteristics can offer us some hints.
It is a great essential oil to have in your stock for a new smell and endless uses.
Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Citrus Rind (Peel)
Bottle Depicting the Typical Color of Tangerine Essential Oil
Tangerine Essential Oil smells fresh, sweet and citrusy. It smells similar to the bright aroma of tangerine peels (as compared to orange peels), but is more concentrated.
Tangerine oil is extracted from Citrus reticulata (also known as Citrus nobilis) of the Rutaceae family and is also known as European mandarin, tangerine, naartjie, and true mandarin.
It is a native of China, but was taken to Europe in 1805 and a little later to America, who now is a large producer of this oil. The difference between tangerines and mandarins are the fact that tangerines are harvested around November while mandarins are harvested around February.
Uses and Benefits
- To utilize the cleansing and purifying properties of Tangerine oil, consider using it in homemade cleaning agents.
- Citrus essential oils such as Lemon, Lime, and Wild Orange are commonly known when used aromatically for their soothing, energizing effects. Tangerine essential oil, like its citrus oil friends, also has elevating properties during aromatic use.
- Tangerine combines well with a variety of diffusion oils. Consider blending Tangerine oil with warm, spicy oils such as Cinnamon Bark or Clove when you want to accept the scents of falling.