Top 10 Tangerine Essential Oil Uses

Tangerine Essential Oil Uses

Tangerines are of course a citrus fruit, largely related to sweet mandarin oranges although differently hued and harvested at a different point during the year. Its peel is put through a cold compression process to extract its essential oil, which contains a great many complex chemical components including terpineol, camphene, beta pinene, gamma terpinolene, geranial, limonene and much more. The Asian origin of the tangerine supports use of the fruits and their oil historically in ancient medicine and cultural applications. Tangerine essential oil uses for health are still being uncovered, however historical and anecdotal use point to numerous potential applications.

There are many cautions to be aware of when using plant oils because some can be toxic or poisonous if ingested and some can even be harmful if applied topically. In general, citrus essential oil uses include neat topical application, diluted topical application, aromatherapy and diffusion, and ingestion in responsible quantities when therapeutic grade oils are used (though everyone will tolerate these methods of use differently). What’s important to note about citrus essential oil uses is that in terms of external application, nearly all of them cause photosensitivity. Therefore, avoiding direct sunlight for six to twelve hours after use is important.

Today, some essential oils derived from plants are receiving more and more attention from the medical community, particularly those thought to be effective against serious diseases or health problems. Unfortunately, many scientific studies overlook the potential for tangerine essential oil uses, and still little research exists. But, with its uplifting and soothing aroma and historical, documented use, tangerine oil remains popular in holistic and alternative healing communities for many reasons, including the ten found below.

1. Cancer: Tangerine oil is rarely included in studies that focus on plant oils’ ability to inhibit cancer cell growth. While there is no medical evidence to support the use, tangerine’s d-limonene content is what makes it supposedly useful in certain types of cancer.

2. Aging: Many products designed to reduce the look of aging rely on the removal and replacement of healthy, fresh skin cells. Tangerine essential oil uses are thought to include speeding this process, which may contribute to younger and healthier looking skin.

3. Detoxification: There is still much debate as to whether or not the body benefits from detoxification, or if it’s even possible at all. What is less debated is the notion that toxins can have detrimental effects on health. Tangerine is thought to provide depurative properties that might remove toxins like pollutants from the body.

4. Anger and Irritability: Although citrus oils are associated with stimulation, they are also some of the most highly regarded in aromatherapy for quelling anger and irritability. For quick relief of immediate agitation, applying a drop or two to the hands and inhaling deeply may provide instant relief.

5. Weight Loss: No natural substance is going to miraculously help people shed pounds; however, tangerine essential oil uses are thought to be associated with healthy weight loss. Whether this is a result of appetite suppression, a metabolism increase or increased energy for more physical activity is unknown, but it remains a popular natural weight loss enhancer nonetheless.

6. Insomnia: Many citrus oils are uplifting, but they can also have sedative qualities, too. When massaged a drop or two at a time into the appropriate reflex points in the feet, the sedative effects of tangerine are thought to be unleashed, helping to promote peaceful and relaxing sleep.

7. Supporting Liver Function: There is still much debate as to whether or not any medicine, natural or otherwise, truly can help support healthy, individual organ function. However, tangerine essential oil uses are thought to include supporting the liver and improving its condition. Adding a drop or two to a glass of water or massaging over the area are both ways in which tangerine oil is used for liver health.

8. Gas: Gas is an unavoidable byproduct of eating, and there are many natural and over the counter remedies for alleviating it. However, tangerine oil may provide fast relief if applied neat a drop or two at a time to the abdomen followed by massage in a clockwise motion.

9. Stomach Problems: There are numerous tangerine essential oil uses related to stomach health and it’s thought to help heal wounds in the stomach, neutralize acid in the stomach and reduce inflammation if present. It’s unknown if the oil is effective in any of these applications, however.

10. Immunity: Few people can think of citrus fruits without thinking of immunity, and tangerine is no exception. Unlike other citrus fruits however, the metabolism boosting effects of tangerine are thought to be what may be behind the oil’s usage in preventing or warding off common illnesses.

Tangerine’s delightful scent makes it popular in many oil blends, but the lack of conclusive research on its risks and benefits keep it out of others. It can be found often in hair loss or hair care blends and those relating to joy and invigoration, due to the uplifting characteristics of the oil.