Tangerine oil is an American hybrid of Mandarin, which is larger and has a milder smell. The tangerine trees grow in Florida, Texas and California, where it is the American variety of the East Asian mandarin. It is a favorite with children and pregnant women because of its soothing and uplifting qualities. It helps sluggish digestion and relaxes muscle spasm. This tangy and zesty essential oil has some great properties to help relieve stress and digestive problems, but is mostly used to increase circulation to the skin, reducing fluid retention and to help prevent stretch marks.
It has a fresh, sweet odor, reminiscent of bitter orange. It has a cooling and drying energy that acts as refrigerant, carminative, expectorant, diuretic and nervine. This oil mixes well with the following oils: Sandalwood, Citrus oils, Rosewood, Cardamom and Coriander. However, this oil is possibly phototoxic (sun action) with exposure, hence it is advised not to go putting this oil on.
Uses of Tangerine Oil