7 Incredible Benefits of Tangerine Essential Oil

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The health benefits of Tangerine essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, cytophylactic, depurative, sedative, stomachic, and a tonic substance.

This is yet another essential oil from a citrus fruit. You might be familiar with “tangerines”, and when you study about essential oils of mandarin oranges, you will find that tangerines are almost identical to mandarin oranges, with the exception that they have a deeper orange color, lack pips, and are harvested in a different time of the year than mandarin oranges.

Even the botanical name for tangerines and mandarin oranges is the same. Botanically, they are both known as Citrus reticulata. They are native to China, and from there, they have spread to other parts of the world. Just like mandarin orange essential oil, the essential oil of tangerine is extracted by cold compression of its peels and contains alpha pinene, alpha-thujone, beta pinene, camphene, citronellal, gamma terpinolene, geranial, limonene, linalool, myrcene, nerol, sabinene, and terpineol as its chief components.

Health Benefits of Tangerine Essential Oil

Like mandarins, tangerines also hold a place of significance in Chinese culture and herbal medicines. These medicinal properties are explained in greater detail below.

Prevents Sepsis

Staphylococcus Aureus is the species of bacteria which is responsible for this dreaded infection called sepsis. Sepsis is a really bad condition. It is not only limited to mere swelling and reddening of wounds, but also with acute pain. If not curbed, it can quickly spread to the other parts of the body and affect them, even if there are no wounds there. It causes acute pain, immobility, and hardening of joints, as well as acute contraction and cramps in muscles, swelling, redness, fever, and convulsions. It also readily attacks newborn babies, since their skin is vulnerable to infections. It also attacks them when they are separated from their mother’s body by cutting the umbilical cord. The essential oil of tangerine contains certain components which kill these bacteria and stop it from spreading, thereby helping to cure sepsis. It can be externally applied to open wounds, as well as taken orally to create a uniform effect on the whole body.

A small dropper bottle of tangerine oil with whole and halved oranges and leaves on a wooden table

Acts as a Cytophylactic

Certain components of this oil stimulate the generation of new cells or more precisely, cell division, and recycling of the cellular material in the body. This does not only promote general growth within the body but also helps to heal or repair the regular wear and tear and outstanding damage done to the body.

Purifies Blood

An agent that purifies the blood is called a depurative. Tangerine essential oil is considered a powerful depurative. It helps in the excretion or removal of toxic and unwanted substances such as uric acid, pollutants, extra salt and water from the body through sweat, urine, and the excretory process. It increases the oxygen-retaining capacity of the erythrocytes (red blood cells), thereby refreshing and purifying the blood.

Soothes Inflammation

The essential oil of tangerine soothes the body. It soothes all types of inflammation and hyperactivity in the organ systems functioning in the body, namely the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous, and excretory systems. It sedates inflammation from fever, the intrusion of poisonous substances in the bloodstream from external sources, convulsions, anxiety, stress, and hypersensitivity to allergies. It also sedates depression, anger, and impulsive responses.

Boosts Digestion

As a stomachic, the essential oil of tangerine keeps your stomach in a good condition by maintaining a proper flow of digestive juices and maintains the right balance between the acid and bile so that excess acids are neutralized. This also cures wounds, if any, in the stomach. It soothes the stomach and gives relief from inflammation. One thing must be understood; if someone wants to have a healthy and attractive physique, then he must keep his stomach finely tuned, precisely what this oil does.

Relieves Spasms

Spasms may be a small word but the effects may be widespread and highly dangerous. Spasms are not restricted to muscular cramps only. They can happen in the respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems and can cause breathing troubles, asthma, congestion, severe coughs, spasmodic diarrhea, cholera, nervous afflictions, and convulsions. The essential oil of tangerine induces relaxations in the organ systems named above and gives relief from spasms.

Acts as a Tonic

An agent that tones and fortifies is a tonic and tangerine essential oil has this property. It tones up all the functions in the body. It fine-tunes metabolic functions such as decomposition of food and absorption of nutrients by toning up the liver, stomach, and intestines. It also helps in growth and adds to strength; ensures proper excretion; promotes secretions of the endocrine system and also tones up the nervous system to keep you alert and active.  Finally, it boosts the immune system to protect you from infections. When your body is tuned and toned up, it will give your body more mileage and make you function healthier and happier over the long term.

Other Benefits

Tangerine essential oil improves circulation of blood and phlegm, boosts digestion, helps to maintain oil and moisture balance in the skin and shows cicatrizant and emollient properties as well. It also eases constipation and treats diarrhea, flatulence, rashes, dryness, and cracking of skin, hair problems, and dandruff.

Word of Caution: This oil may show some extent of phototoxicity in certain skin types, but in general, it is non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing.

Blending: The essential oil of tangerine blends very well with the essential oils of bergamot, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, frankincense, lavender, nutmeg, and neroli.

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About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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