Tangerine Essential Oil: 14 uses, recipes, and FAQ

Tangerine essential oil has a bright, rounded citrus aroma that is a lovely addition to homemade blends or just by itself. It is high in limonene constituents and created by cold-pressing the rinds of tangerines.

Ways to use Tangerine Essential Oil

Tangerine aroma is very calming and uplifting, promoting happy feelings and helping you overcome feeling stuck. Some of our favorite uses with tangerine essential oil is:

  • ​May help you lose weight with 30 drops lime, 45 drops tangerine, 45 drops orange, 75 drops grapefruit, 75 drops lemon, and 10 drops of peppermints a 15 ml bottle. Dilute 1 drop per 1ml of carrier oil, and rub over desired areas. You can also use the vitality versions to add 3-5 drops to a capsule and fill with olive oil to take as a supplement.
  • blend 3 drops of tangerine with 3 drops of cypress with a carrier oil for a skin-firming recipe

DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Blends featuring Tangerine Essential Oil

  • Summer Time Diffuser Blend: 4 drops tangerine, 2 drops lavender, 1 drop lime, 1 drop spearmint
  • Happy Place Diffuser Recipe: 2 drops each tangerine, orange, and lime essential oils
  • Spring Mint diffuser blend: 3 drops each tangerine, spearmint, and lemongrass essential oils
  • Beachy diffuser recipe: 2 drops each bergamot, spearmint, and tangerine essential oils.
  • Autumn Harvest Diffuser blend: 5 drops tangerine, 3 drops cinnamon bark, and 1 drop clove essential oils

Tangerine (vitality) oil is also great to cook/bake with too!​

Ideas, recipes, tips, and tricks for using tangerine and tangerine vitality essential oils

Here are some of our favorite Tangerine Vitality uses:

Tangerine Vitality has a bright, rounded tangerine flavor. It is delicious in a variety of dishes. We love adding a drop or two to dishes calling for citrus juices, zests, or to just brighten up a variety of fun dips. It especially woks well replacing orange juices and zests.

  • Add 1-2 drops of tangerine vitality essential oil to your homemade smoothies for a bright fresh taste
  • Tangerine Sunrise drink: 2 cups frozen strawberries, 1 cup frozen pineapple, 3 drops tangerine vitality, 2 cups orange juice, and 2 quarts lemonade
  • Combine Tangerine Vitality essential oil with olive oil to use as a marinade for meat and veggies.
  • Add a little Tangerine Vitality oil to berry dishes to complement their natural sweetness
  • Make a delicious fruit dip: Add 1-2 drops tangerine vitality to 8oz of cream cheese (at room temperature) and 7 oz of Marshmallow Fluff (or Marshmallow Creme) and serve with a variety of fruit.
Citrus Vinaigrette dressing featuring lime, tangerine, and citrus fresh vitality essential oils
RiseNShine Smoothie Recipe featuring tangerine vitality essential oil for an extra kick of flavor

What essential oils blend well with Tangerine essential oil

Tangerine vitality pairs especially well with basil bergamot, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, and orange vitality oils.

Frequently Asked Questions about Tangerine Essential Oil

What is the difference between tangerine and tangerine vitality essential oils?

Absolutely nothing aside from the label printed. They are 100% the exact same oil the may be used in the exact same ways interchangeably. Young Living adopted the Vitality label in 2015 to remain legal with the FDA and FTC's marketing requirements that state a supplement cannot be labeled as topical and oral at the same time.

This means legally, you cannot discuss using an essential oil in your cooking, baking, drinks, or any oral supplement form if it is the same bottle you're discussing using in your diffuser or topically on your skin.

To reduce confusion and stay in the eyes in the law, Young Living separated their labels to compliantly discuss all the benefits essential oils can provide in all use capacities.

Is tangerine essential oil safe to use while pregnant?

Yes. Generally tangerine essential oil is considered safe to use while you're pregnant.

If you're using oils while pregnant, I highly recommend this reference guide. It contains some great advice for using essential oils while pregnant, plus some DIY Recipes you'll love too.

Is tangerine essential oil safe for kids and babies?

Generally, yes. Though I do highly recommend only using lavender and frankincense on or around newborns.

While essential oils may be safe for kids to use, please do not have your child use an essential oil internally without being under the direct guidance of a naturopathic doctor.

Can you be allergic to tangerine essential oil?

There are a few reasons why you would experience an allergy-like reaction to essential oils. Usually, this is caused by not diluting the oil you're applying (or not diluting it enough). Please refer to our essential oils and allergies article for more in-depth information.

Is tangerine essential oil safe for dogs and cats?

Tangerine essential oil is safe to use with your dogs. It is NOT safe to use around cats.

If you're using essential oils around your family pets, be sure to allow them access out of the room and into a room where you're not diffusing. This way they're able to escape when they feel they've had enough. Please also consider picking up a reference guide specific to using essential oils with animals.

Should you use tangerine essential oil if you're taking medication?

This is a very personal question, and really depend on which medications you're taking. I have an entire article dedicated to known medication contraindications that I highly recommend you check out… in addition to having a lengthy conversation with your local aromatherapist or pharmacist.

How often should you use tangerine essential oil?

This is also a personal question. This depends on what you're using it for and how experienced you are using it. For beginners, I recommend only diffusing for 30 minutes at a time, then giving your body an hour break. If you diffuse too much, you could end up light headed. Personally, I have a diffuser running most of the day intermittently (using the intermittent setting on our diffuser). Or I'll wear a piece of diffusing jewelry with 3 drops of oil on it throughout the day (those 3 drops usually last a few days). Check out our article about diffusing essential oils safely for more info.

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Where to buy Tangerine & Tangerine Vitality Essential Oils

We purchase our oils through Young Living because they set a higher standard for essential oils than what the rest of the industry expects. Their Seed to Seal guarantee is unmatched, and shows their dedication to a farm-to-table type of approach.

Warning: DO NOT purchase your oils through Amazon or similar websites!

Any website that allows anyone to sell on, such as Amazon, eBay, Walmart… etc… are terrible places to purchase essential oils. While you may get a “good deal,” knowing who you're purchasing from is difficult. There are many counterfeit essential oils being sold that are causing health ailments, major skin reactions, and a lot of misery. These are NOT high quality essential oils. They are fakes being sold purely for profit.

I also do NOT recommend purchasing from grocery stores, Walmart, Target, department stores, or drug stores. Many of the brands found at those stores have been proven to not actually contain any essential oil (which is perfectly legal to do).

I STRONGLY suggest you know the company that makes your oils, how the plants are cared for, what they do for distilling, how and how many times each batch is tested (and when), and their bottling processes. Many companies throw out fancy language for marketing purposes, but actually have no clue how their oils are made because the oils come from a broker (which are almost always diluted in solvents). Transparency is key.

I highly encourage you to check out our How To Find Quality Essential Oils post for in-depth information about why quality matters, and what to look for.

Where we purchase our essential oils, and why

We purchase our oils through Young Living because they set a higher standard for essential oils than what the rest of the industry expects. Their Seed to Seal guarantee is unmatched, and shows their dedication to a farm-to-table type of approach. This company has proven to me time and time again to be the closest thing out there to buying from your local farmer. They are totally transparent in their processes, and even open their farms so you can see for yourself (or involve yourself in the process).

Products containing Tangerine Essential Oil:

Essential Oil Blends: Awaken, Citrus Fresh, Dream Catcher, Inner Child, Joy, Peace & Calming, Slique Essence essential oil blends.

Supplements: ComforTone, Ningxia Red, SleepEssence, and Super C supplements

Personal Care Items: Relaxation Massage Oil, Kidscents Shampoo, and Kidscents Toothpaste

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