Citrus reticulata

Botanical Family: Rutaceae (citrus)

Extraction Method: Cold pressed from rind

Common Primary Uses: Cooking, Calming, Uplifting

Common Application Methods: Tangerine can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply directly on the area of concern or to reflex points. Avoid direct sunlight or UV light for up to 12 hours after using on the skin.

Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.

Take in capsules or in a beverage. Use as a flavoring in cooking.

Properties: Anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, laxative, and sedative.

Other Possible Uses: Tangerine may help cellulite (dissolve), circulation, constipation, diarrhea, digestive system disorders, fat digestion, dizziness, fear, flatulence, gallbladder, insomnia, intestinal spasms, irritability, limbs (tired and aching), liver problems, decongest the lymphatic system (helps to stimulate draining), obesity, parasites, sadness, the stomach (tonic), stretch marks (smoothes when blended with lavender), stress, swelling, and help alleviate water retention (edema).

Body System(s) Affected: Emotional Balance, Immune System, Skin.

Aromatic Influence: Tangerine oil contains esters and aldehydes, which are sedating and calming to the nervous system. When diffused together with marjoram, tangerine can soothe emotions such as grief, anger, and shock.

Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Tangerine oil is generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

Blend Classification: Modifier and Personifier

Blends With: Basil, bergamot, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, orange, and Roman chamomile.