Mandarin/Tangerine Essential Oil


Tangerine oil is extracted from Citrus reticulata (also known as Citrus nobilis, C. madurensis, C. unshiu and C. deliciosa) of the Rutaceae family and is also known as European mandarin, tangerine, naartjie and true mandarin.

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.

Oil properties

It is sweet and tangy and yellowy orange color.

Origin of Mandarin/Tangerine

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.

Tangerines are also deeper orange in color and do not have pips, while mandarins are more yellow and do have pips.


Tangerine oil is extracted from the peel by cold expression.

Chemical composition

The main chemical components of tangerine oil are a-thujone, a-pinene, camphene, sabinene, b-pinene, myrcene, limonene, y-terpinolene, linalool, citronellal, terpineol-4-ol, nerol and geranial.


It is a non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing oil, but some phototoxicity has been reported and it would be best to not expose the skin to sunlight after a treatment.

Therapeutic Properties

The therapeutic properties of tangerine oil are antiseptic, antispasmodic, cytophylactic, depurative, sedative, stomachic and tonic.


Tangerine oil is soothing to the nervous system and has a tonic effect on the digestive system, while helping flatulence, diarrhea and constipation. It is also useful for the skin and is used to help with stretch marks, increasing circulation and reducing fluid retention.


It is an oil that can boost the digestive system, reduce retention, increase circulation and sooths the nervous system and relieve stress and tension.

  • Burners and vaporizers
    • In vapor therapy, tangerine oil can help with soothing the nervous system and thereby reduce stress and tension, while also boosting the digestive system.
  • Blended massage oil or in the bath
    • As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, tangerine oil can assist the nervous system, reduce flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, and other digestive complaints, but also increase circulation to the skin, reduce fluid retention and help prevent stretch marks.
  • Cream or lotion
    • In a lotion or cream, it is used to help prevent stretch marks when pregnant, while increasing circulation and reducing fluid retention.

More information about Mandarin/Tangerine Oil

Skin Care ~ beneficial for mature & dull skin, fine lines & wrinkles ~ keeps the skin rejuvenated & looking young & vibrant ~ maintains moisture balance ~ excellent to help heal & prevent stretch marks & scars ~ & during pregnancy ~ recommend for oily, acne, blemished & congested skin & many skin disorders ~ antiseptic properties ~ protects wounds ~ bacterial, fungal & viral infection fighter

Healing Remedy ~ gentle enough to be used with babies, children & the elderly ~ used to relieve tummy upsets ~ recommended for soothing restlessness, especially in hyperactive children

Circulatory System ~ increases circulation on the surface of the skin & reduces fluid retention

Digestive System ~ helps to regulate metabolic processes ~ beneficial for calming the intestines, indigestion & stomach cramps ~ treats diarrhea, constipation & flatulence

Immune System ~ boosts the overall immune system of the body

Musculoskeletal System ~ improves circulation ~ provides relief from rheumatism & arthritis ~ stimulates circulation ~ generates warmth

Nervous System ~relaxing & calming for nervous afflictions ~ helps relieve stress, tension, anxiety, depression, grief & insomnia

Reproductive System ~ helps with PMS

Respiratory System ~ Antispasmodic ~ helps heal spasms & breathing troubles, congestion & excessive coughs

Emotional ~ Spiritual ~ breathes a message of happiness ~ brings out the innocence of our inner child ~ gently awakens the spirit ~ brings vigor & sprightliness ~ helps us to connect with like-minded souls ~ creates balance, harmony & peace ~encourages tranquility ~ dispels any negative energies ~ assists with embracing new changes with excitement & releasing the old with grace & confidence ~ invites one’s spirit to be uplifted & present in each & every moment

Blends Well With ~ Bergamot, Cananga, Cedarwood, Chamomile German & Roman, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Coffee, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Grapefruit Pink, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Lime, Mandarin, Marjoram, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Peru Balsam, Petitgrain, Pine, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Spruce, Tangerine, Vanilla, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Safety ~ Non-toxic, non-irritant & non-sensitising

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