Tangerine has easily become one of my favorite essential oils. Not only is it a wonderfully refreshing oil, but it is also soothing to muscles and joints! Who would have thought, right? Let's dive in and take a look at some of the wonderful ways you can use Tangerine Essential Oil.
Tangerine has a long history of use in Chinese culture and herbal health practices. The essential oil supports healthy digestion and metabolism. Tangerine has a sweet, tangy aroma, similar to other citrus oils, that is uplifting. Tangerine is known for its cleansing properties, and for supporting a healthy immune and respiratory system. Tangerine essential oil can be used to help soothe anxious feelings and manage stress. A popular and flavorful addition to desserts and drinks—from water to fruit smoothies—Tangerine can be used in any recipe calling for citrus fruits.
Tangerine fruit grows on the Citrus reticulata tree, an evergreen that bears bright orange, sweet citrus fruit and white flowers. Because of the sweet scent and taste of the tangerine fruit, it is commonly used for desserts, beverages, and spreads. The tangerine fruit is also frequently eaten plain, because it is easy to peel and considered a juicy, delicious snack. Tangerine essential oil is taken from the peel or rind of the tangerine fruit through the process of cold expression. While the process of steam distillation uses heat to extract essential oils from plants, the process of cold pressing extracts the oil from the rind of the fruit.
Add 2–3 drops as a flavoring in cake and cookie recipes
Add 1–2 drops in water, smoothies, teas, or lemonade for flavoring
To energize and uplift mood, place 1–2 drops in the palm of your hand, rub together, and cup over the nose and mouth for 30 seconds or diffuse throughout the room
Apply to flex points or abdomen to promote feelings of happiness. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize sensitivity if needed
Supports healthy digestion and metabolism
Cleansing and purifying
Supports a healthy immune system
Aroma uplifts mood
The sweet flavor of Tangerine oil comes in handy when you want to add a tangy kick to baked goods. Consider adding two to three drops of the oil to your favorite cake, cookie, or scone recipes, and enjoy the sweet, exhilarating flavor that Tangerine oil can bring to your most beloved sweet treat. For a deilicious recipe that uses Tangerine essential oil, check out these Tangerine Cranberry Scones. Whether for breakfast, brunch, tea, or dessert, these delightful indulgences are just the ticket.
Tangerine Cranberry Scones
Scones 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt| 4 tablespoons salted butter, cubed 1 tablespoon grated tangerine zest 1 cup chopped dried cranberries ¾ cup plus 4 tablespoons heavy cream
Glaze 1 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon grated tangerine zest 1 tablespoon tangerine juice 3 drops Tangerine oil
Preheat oven to 425° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large glass bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, and salt. Cut the butter into the mixture using a pastry cutter or fingers until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Add the tangerine zest and dried cranberries.
Make a well in the center of the dry mixture and add ¾ cup of the heavy cream. Mix the dough together. It should have a slightly dry texture, but not crumbly. Add an additional one to two tablespoons of heavy cream if the dough seems too dry.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it for one minute. Form the dough into a round one-inch thick, and use a knife or a pizza cutter to cut the round into eight equal wedges. Arrange the wedges in a round, but about one inch apart, on the baking sheet.
Brush the wedges with four tablespoons heavy cream and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the scones are golden and the edges are lightly toasted.
For the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, tangerine zest, orange juice, and Tangerine essential oil in a glass bowl. Drizzle on top of the warm scones.
Tip: Serve the scones warm.
Essential oils like Tangerine that have high levels of the monoterpene limonene are often known for their ability to have stimulating and enhancing effects on mood. The stimulating and mood-enhancing effects of tangerine can be experienced by using the oil aromatically—diffusing or inhaling the essential oil. When found in essential oils, limonene is also known for its cleansing and purifying properties, which makes it helpful for cleansing surfaces around the home.
As a sweet, citrus essential oil, Tangerine blends well with a variety of oils for diffusion. When you want to embrace the scents of fall, consider blending Tangerine oil with warm, spicy oils like Cinnamon Bark or Clove. You can also blend Tangerine oil with other citrus oils like Bergamot or Lemon for a bright, uplifting aroma. The tangy scent of Tangerine essential oil can also blend well with mint essential oils like Peppermint or Spearmint.
Did you know that Tangerine was such a versatile essential oil? I can't wait to hear how you plan to use Tangerine in your health and wellness routine!