Bright and Sunny Tangerine

citrus reticulata

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On bright sunny days, like we have been having here lately in Colorado, I think of Tangerines. Their orange globes resemble the sun but offer sweet coolness instead of heat. But both the globe in the sky and the fruit give brightness and joy. The essential oil of Tangerine (Citrus reticulata) maintains these attributes.

The essential oil is obtained by cold expression of the peels of unripe fruits, not by the distillation method used for most essential oils. The expression method uses pressure to physically squeeze the oil from the plant tissue. You can witness the essential oil yourself when you peel a citrus fruit and see it spray.

Tangerine essential oil is a citrus oil with aromatic depth and sweetness. The oil is considered both uplifting and soothing. Tangerine may aid in reducing anxiety and easing depression. When used in a bath, its bright top note brings a bit of sunshine to any day of the year. Like other citrus oils, Tangerine is useful in refreshing home and body blends with its warm and cheery scent.

The oil is also associated with harmony and pleasant dispositions. It inspires a sense of creativity and is connected to feelings of playfulness and joy. The fruity scent of Tangerine is a nice addition to children’s aromatherapy blends at one-third the adult dose.

All citrus essential oils blend well together and their combined aromas offer an even greater relaxing fragrance. Try them out in the recipe below:
Stress Reducing Shower Gel
2 ounces of unscented shower gel
4 drops grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) essential oil
2 drops petitgrain (Citrus aurantium) essential oil
5 drops tangerine (Citrus reticulata) essential oil
3 drops ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) essential oil
Pour shower gel into a 2 oz. bottle. Add essential oils. Replace lid and shake gently.