Tangerine (Mandarin)


Tangerine is closely related to mandarin and can be used interchangeably. It was used throughout history in Chinese culture and herbal health practices. Tangerine oil contains antioxidants and can be used in a variety of recipes for its flavor. The fresh scent and countless uses of Tangerine oil makes this a helpful essential oil to have in your collection.

Botanical Name

Citrus reticulata

Plant Family


Country of Origin

USA, China, Mexico, Spain, Japan, Argentina, Brazil

Common Method of Extraction

Cold Pressed/Expressed

Plant Part Typically Used

Citrus Rind (Peel)


Dark orangey-yellow to orange liquid



Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Fresh, fruity, bright, citrus aroma typical of the fruit

Possible Substitute Oils

Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot

Blends Well With

Basil linalol, bergamot, black pepper, cananga, caraway seed, cardamom, carrot seed, cassia, chamomile (German, Roman, Maroc), cinnamon, clary sage, clove bud, coriander, fennel (sweet), frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, helichrysum (immortelle), jasmine, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, lemon verbena, lime, linden blossom, marjoram (sweet), mimosa, neroli, niaouli, nutmeg, orange, patchouli, petitgrain, rose absolute, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, ylang ylang

GRAS status


Tangerine Essential Oil Uses

Antidepressant, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, expels excess gas, aids digestion, cytophylactic, depurative, diuretic, relieves constipation, regenerative, reduces the appearance of blemishes, stimulates healthy cell cycle, promotes fluid balance and removes excess fluids from the body, purifies the blood, encourages restful sleep, sedative, stimulating, stomachic, stress management, tonic, relieves anxiety, Stress-induced Insomnia, Nervous Exhaustion, Mild Muscular Spasm, Cellulite, Digestive Problems, Detoxification, Flatulence, Constipation, Bodily Congestion, Fatigue, Irritability, Sadness, Overly Anxious

Source: Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 625.

Dr. Scott A. Johnson, Evidence-Based Essential Oil Therapy (Scott A. Johnson Professional Writing Services, 2015), 247-248.

Major Constituents of Tangerine Essential Oil

    • a-Pinene
    • Myrcene
    • Limonene
    • y-Terpinene
    • Citronellal
    • Linalool
    • Neral
    • Neryl Acetate
    • Geranyl Acetate
    • Geraniol
    • Thymol
    • Carvone

Source: B. Lawrence. Tangerine Oil. *Perfumer & Flavorist, October/November 1980), 27. Source cited in Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 1997), 201.]

See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of typical constituents.

Source: B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1981-1987 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1989), 106. A. Velasco-Neguerela, M.J. Perez-Alonso. Nuevos Datos Sobre la Composicion Quimica de Aceites Essenciales Procedentes de Tomillos Ibericos. (Botanica Complutensis 16, 1990), 91-97. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 451.

Tangerine Essential Oil Safety Information

Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young recommend careful storage and avoiding use of oxidized Tangerine Oil to prevent skin sensitization. Tisserand and Young confirm that Tangerine Oil is not phototoxic. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 87,343.]

Recommended Dilution Range

3%-50%; neat for some conditions

General Safety Information

Do not take essential oils internally nor apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Read, Birkat Natural’s, Guide to Diluting Essential Oils, for general dilution information. If you are currently experiencing pregnancy, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, have any other medical problem, or are otherwise under the care of a physician, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Carefully read Birkat Natural’s Essential Oil Safety Information page, before using any essential oil. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made by Birkat Adonai Farm, LLC as to the medicinal value of any products from Birkat Adonai Farm, LLC. The information presented here is for educating our customers about the traditional uses of essential oils and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You are responsible for understanding the safe application of these products. If you have any questions, please call or email us for further information.


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