How to Use Tangerine Essential Oil

How to Use Tangerine Essential Oil

Tangerine essential oil is known as the oil of cheer and creativity. It has a sweet, tangy aroma, similar to other citrus oils, that is uplifting. Tangerine oil is also known for its cleansing properties, and for supporting a healthy immune and respiratory system when ingested. Let's learn how to use tangerine essential oil, its benefits, top uses and safety.

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Top Uses for Tangerine essential oil

  • Diffuse at night with roman chamomile in the babies room to help calm and soothe.
  • For a gentle detox add a few drops to your water.
  • Support a healthy immune system by adding to your water or take in a veggie capsule.
  • Supports healthy metabolism with internal use. Add a drop of tangerine oil to sparkling or flat water
  • Add 1-2 drops as a flavoring in cake or cookie recipes
  • Apply to flex points or abdomen
  • Diffuse with peppermint to help you wake up
  • Inhale from cupped hands for an energy boost
  • Add to diffuser jewelry with cinnamon
  • Diffuse with Frankincense and Lavender at night to help calm a racing mind

Essential oil safety

Pure tangerine essential oil can be used aromatically, topically and internally. It is safe for babies, adults and elderly.

To avoid photosensitivity with citrus essential oils do not apply on skin that will exposed to the sun within 12 hours.

Never place essential oils in your eyes, ears, nose or sensitive areas. If an essential oil is irritating to the skin it will not help to rinse the area with water because oil and water do not mix. Apply a vegetable based oil to the area to reduce the irritation.

According to Janet Roark, DVM avoid topical and internal use of these essential oils with cats: citrus oils (bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, tangerine), birch, tea tree, peppermint, spearmint and wintergreen. When diffusing tangerine in your home follow safe practices if you have pets.

When in doubt, dilute, dilute, dilute! See topical uses below for more information about why and how we dilute essential oils.

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Where does tangerine essential oil come from?

Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds found in plants, seeds, bark, flowers and trees. Tangerine essential oil is cold pressed from the peel of the tangerine grown in Brazil. It's the sweetest of the citrus fruits and promotes feelings of happiness, joy, and creativity. It takes approximately 6 pounds of tangerine peel to produce a 15mL bottle of essential oil.

Tangerine has a unique chemical makeup allowing it to be both uplifting and calming. Because of its gentle scent and both cheerful and calming aroma it's a wonderful addition to a child's bedroom at night in the diffuser.

How to use Tangerine aromatically

When inhaled essential oils can positively effect our mood and emotions in less than 30 seconds. The scent molecules of the essential oil enter through the olfactory nerve which sends messages to the limbic system. The limbic system acts as the command center for our mood and emotions.

To energize and uplift mood, place one to two drops of Tangerine oil in the palm of your hand, rub together, and cup over the nose and mouth for 30 seconds or diffuse throughout the room.

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Tangerine diffuser blends

Diffusing is a great way to freshen the air and provide aromatherapy for the entire family at the same time.

Add the drops of essential oil to the diffuser and fill to the fill line with tap water. Filtered water is not necessary. Each diffuser is a little different and you may have to refer to manufacturer directions. Your diffuser may have a timed setting, light settings and an intermittent setting.


  • 3 drops Tangerine oil
  • 1 drop Frankincense oil
  • 1 drop Peppermint oil


  • 3 drops of Tangerine oil
  • 3 drops of Bergamot oil
  • 3 drops of Eucalyptus oil

Calm the mind

  • 3 drops Tangerine oil
  • 2 drops Frankincense oil
  • 2 drops Lavender oil

How to use Tangerine topically

Topical use is simply placing the oil on your skin where it is absorbed into the tissue and enters the bloodstream. We can dilute essential oils with a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil) to slow that absorption and avoid sensitivity. To effect the whole body apply them topically to the bottom of the feet, spine or navel.

To avoid photosensitivity with citrus essential oils do not apply on skin that will exposed to the sun within 12 hours.

Essential oils can be applied to the skin directly from the bottle. To dilute the oil first add the carrier oil to your palm and then add the essential oil. Rub your palms together and rub it in or dip your finger in the mixture and apply where you need it. 

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Cheerful and Calming Roller Blend

Add the drops of essential oil to a 15mL roller bottle and fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil or your favorite carrier oil. Roll on the bottom of the feet and along the spine for immune support. This blend can also be added to an unscented lotion and massaged into feet at bedtime.

Calm Kiddo

  • 5 drops Tangerine
  • 5 drops Roman Chamomile

Bedtime Blend

  • 10 drops of Tangerine oil
  • 5 drops of Frankincense oil
  • 5 drops of Vanilla essential oil

How to use Tangerine internally

Tangerine essential oil is only safe for internal use with pure essential oils. Look for a nutritional facts label and internal use directions on the bottle before using an essential oil internally. Do Not Use fragrance essential oils internally. Use glass or stainless steel when adding essential oil to your water especially with citrus oil as they break down plastic.

Add to your water along with Slim & Sassy metabolic blend to support healthy digestion and metabolism. Slim & Sassy combines Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils.

Tangerine Drink Recipes

Add some flavor with these combos in your sparkling or flat water for a refreshing detox drink.

Citrus Mint

  • 1 drop Tangerine
  • 1 drop Lime
  • 1 drop Spearmint


1 drop Tangerine

1 drop Wild Orange

1 drop Madagascar Vanilla

Summer Fresh

1 drop Tangerine

1 drop Grapefruit

1 drop Cinnamon or Peppermint

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DIY Garbage Disposal Tablets

Don’t live with stinky garbage disposals anymore. These Tangerine and Spearmint Garbage Disposal Refreshers clean and deodorize your garbage disposal in one easy use.

2 cups baking soda 
1 cup salt
½ cup water
¼ cup liquid castile soap (any scent) 
15 drops Tangerine or Wild Orange oil
15 drops Spearmint oil


  1. Combine baking soda and salt into bowl. 
  2. Add castile soap and essential oil into mixture.
  3. Add water, one tablespoon at a time while stirring with hands until it forms into the consistency of "damp sand." It should stay together when you press it together. If you add too much water, just add some more baking soda and salt until the consistency is right.
  4. Pack mixture tightly into a small silicone mold. If you don’t have a silicone mold, just grab a tablespoon measurement device and scoop a packed spoonful onto parchment paper.
  5. Let mixture dry for 24 hours or until hard. 
  6. Put into glass jar and use the next time you do dishes. Just place one or two refreshers into the garbage disposal and turn it on. You will immediately smell the refreshing and cleansing aroma.

What makes doTERRA essential oils different?

Have you seen essential oils in the grocery store and wonder why they are so cheap? Well, you can bet that bottle is synthetic grade and does not have the therapeutic benefits of a pure essential oil. The same thing goes for oils on retail sites such as Amazon. Anyone can buy a replacement essential oil bottle top for .50 cents that will seal as if it was a brand new bottle of essential oil. Buyer Beware! The percentage of adulterated essential oils on the market today is staggering.

There are four main grades of essential oils. Synthetic oils lack purity and can be harmful to the body. These include things like laundry, perfumes and body products. Food grade are measured by the GRAS standard (Generally Regarded As Safe). This is a much higher standard required for internal use, but this grade is mainly used to flavor food and lacks therapeutic benefits. Therapeutic grade is not well regulated. These are generally used for massage, aroma or cosmetic use and have a low standard to pass to qualify.

Certified Pure Tested Grade (CPTG) is exclusive to doTERRA essential oils. Every batch must pass in-house and third party testing to guarantee that no foreign contaminants or fillers exist. This is a standard that far exceeds organic labeling requirements.

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