24 January 2022 / Caitlin Devlin
Tangerine Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits
Tangy tangerine can lift low moods and soothe stress for uninterrupted sleep.
Often confused with mandarin essential oil, tangerine oil is actually derived from the same plant.
Distinguishing mandarin oil and tangerine oil can be confusing. This is because the tangerine is actually a version of the mandarin that evolved after the mandarin was brought from China to the west. The two oils have very similar benefits, as well as a similar tangy citrus scent, but there are subtle differences between the two that set them apart. One such difference is that tangerine is generally considered to be more potent, and therefore less safe for skin than gentle mandarin.
Tangerine essential oil can reduce symptoms of insomnia.
Tangerine oil is a sedative oil, which means that has calming effects. It is suggested that diffusing tangerine oil can reduce sleep-onset latency, which means that it can decrease the time it takes to fall asleep. In fact, a study in 2020 showed this when it found that inhaling tangerine oil – especially at higher concentrations – helped participants to fall asleep more quickly.
The study attributed these results to tangerine’s sedative properties. This evidence suggests that tangerine essential oil may be particularly useful for reducing symptoms of stress-induced insomnia, as its calming properties removed stress as an obstacle to sleep.
It’s an antioxidant.
Tangerine essential oil has been shown to have antioxidant properties. This means that it can attack and inhibit the activity of toxins and free radicals in the body, preventing oxidative damage. By protecting our cells from damage in this way it reduces our risk of some serious diseases and so provides extra protection for our overall health.
It can soothe inflammation.
Tangerine oil is a natural anti-inflammatory. This means that it can calm the swelling around sore muscles and joints and relieve some of the pain. You may want to add a few drops of tangerine oil to muscle balms in order to feel these effects – however, since tangerine oil is potentially phototoxic, these balms should only be used in the evening or at times when the skin will not be in contact with sunlight for a significant period. Another and perhaps safer way to feel tangerine oil’s soothing effects is to add a few drops of oil to a hot bath and soak sore muscles for as long as needed.
It reduces stress and boosts mood.
Tangerine oil’s sedative qualities allow it to reduce symptoms of anxiety, letting us fully relax even in times of stress. This is the only benefit that this citrus oil holds for our minds, however. Like other citrus oils, tangerine is known to have uplifting, joy-inspiring effects, promoting positivity and lifting low moods. Diffusing tangerine oil in the home can help you to feel happier and less stressed as you go about your day.
Although far from the most famous citrus oil, tangerine has plenty of useful benefits for you and your household. A potent oil, a little goes a long way with tangerine oil, and so lots of use can be gotten out of every bottle.
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