Tangerine Oil, Some Uses

Tangerine Oil, Some Uses

Tangerines are lovely, small oranges, most often associated with mandarin oranges. They have a light, sweet taste and Tangerine oil (Citrus reticulata) takes that taste and concentrates it into a bright, sweet, aroma that makes you want to smile.

Aromatic influences: Relieving emotional grief, stress, and fear. It cheers, inspires, and assists in bringing about a sense of peace.

Combines well with:

Orange, Lime, Red Mandarin, Bergamot, Lemon, Grapefruit, Neroli, Sandalwood, Lavender, Petitgrain Bigarade, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, Juniper Berry, Geranium, Rosewood, Cypress, Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, Clove Bud, Cedarwood, Marjoram, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Ravintsara

Ways to use it

  • Very similar properties to Orange. Can be used interchangeably
  • G.R.A.S.
  • Put 1 drop each of Lavender and Tangerine on a handkerchief or cotton ball and put in your pillowcase so your head warms it all night.
  • Has a cheerful aroma so is great for diffusing or spritzing rooms. Freshens the air.
  • Put a few drops down a drain to help clean out grease and clear out bad smells.
  • Mix with spice oils and diffuse or spritz a room to give a festive feeling.
  • Helps children settle down to sleep because it is a bright, cheery, familiar scent.
  • Add a drop or two to a full glass of water. Helps clean the body, and it makes the water taste better.
  • Mix with any citrus oils for a nice burst of citrus scent.
  • Use especially during the cold winter months to alleviate the “blues.”
  • Add a drop or two to your hot chocolate right before drinking it.

Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That’s a great way to get started. And have fun with it!


Here are a few recipes involving Tangerine oil. To check for more, you can click on Tangerine in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it. You can also look up recipes involving Orange, because they are interchangeable.

*Please note: With any recipes involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Citrus Air Freshener

  • 50 drops Tangerine
  • 35 drops Lemon
  • 20 drops Grapefruit
  • 15 drops Cedarwood
  • 4 ounces purified water

Fill a 4 ounce mist spray bottle. Shake well before using every time. Spray the mist into air. Keep mist as fine a spray as you can. (2)

Romance Aroma Lamp

  • 7 drops Sandalwood
  • 7 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 6 drops Tangerine

Add with a small amount of purified water to a small porcelain, marble, ceramic or glass container. Heat with a candle. (Can also be used on an electric candle warmer.) Inhale the vapors deeply for best results. (2)

Stress Reliever Bath Blend

  • 4 drops Marjoram
  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 3 drops Melissa
  • 2 drops Grapefruit
  • 2 drops Tangerine
  • 1 teaspoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)
  • Epsom Salt (optional)

As you prepare your bath, close the window and door to prevent oil vapors from escaping. Fill the bathtub with warm/hot water. To soften your skin and remove impurities, dissolve 1 cup of epsom salt in the bath water. Then dilute the essential oils in the F.C.O. Pour blend into water. Swirl the water to disperse the oil evenly. Enter the bath immediately, since essential oils evaporate quickly. Relax and enjoy the bath for at least 30 minutes. (2)

 Relaxing Bath Blend

  • 3 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Tangerine
  • 2 ounces of F.C.O.

Mix together and store in a dark, glass bottle. Use 2 teaspoons of blend in a warm bath. (1)

 Oily Skin Toner

  • 3 drops Geranium
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Tangerine
  • 1 tablespoon Witch Hazel
  • Pure water

Mix the above ingredients. Add enough pure water to make 8 ounces. Use this to splash on your face after cleansing and before moisturizing. (1)

Oily Skin Care Moisturizer

  • 10 drops Tangerine
  • 10 drops lemon
  • 10 drops Petitgrain
  • 2 tablespoons Jojoba

Combine all ingredients. Before using, wash skin thoroughly, then massage a portion of formula. Use daily to rejuvenate your skin (2)

Other suggestions

Here is what our RMO family members are saying about it on facebook:

  • JT: “Citrus oils put in water and rinse veggies takes away any bad bacteria and also makes them keep longer. Tangerine is good for swelling.”
  • CLM:  “I love all the citrus oils, but I keep Tangerine with me in a small vial for a quick emotional &/or physical pick me up any time.”
  • SG: “I use Tangerine the same way I would use Orange. I diffuse it to help clean up air in a room. Eliminate stuffiness.”
  • JS: “I use it in my dishwasher to cut through grease.”
  • SC: “I like to put a couple of drops in my Peppermint tea right before I drink it.”
  • CJ: “I use it to get sticky labels off of my books and gum off of my carpet.”

And finally,

Please share! Tell us in the comment section at the bottom of the page what your favorite uses of Tangerine oil are.


  1. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  2. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller




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