|Botanical name||Citrus Junos|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|Type of extraction||cold-pressing method|
|Plant part used||citrus peel|
|Strength of aroma||medium|
|Safe for children and pregnant women||yes|
|Ingredients||limonene, gamma-terpinene, beta-phellandrene|
The amazing things that Yuzu oil can do for you
- Provides emotional calming and mental uplift
- Relieves stress and tension
- Helps eliminate infections
- Soothes sore muscles, relieves inflammation
- Improves blood circulation
- Supports respiratory function and prevents excessive mucus production
- Supports healthy digestion
- May help relieve occasional nausea
- Strengthens immunity
- Inspires creativity – stimulates the left hemisphere of the brain
Yuzu essential oil is cold-pressed from the peel of East Asian citrus fruits (Citrus junos). Like other essential oils, it is highly concentrated. Yuzu fruit is a natural hybrid of the tangerine and the Ichang wild lemon and resembles a small bumpy orange. Grown mainly in Japan, Korea and China, it has been used in Asian aromatherapy and cuisine for hundreds of years.
Yuzu is incredibly aromatic, with a super sour taste. Like lemons and limes, the fruit is too sour to eat, but its peel and juice are widely used to flavour everything from spicy sauces to liqueurs and marmalades. It is also used in high-end perfumes.
In Japan, Yuzu is a symbol of new beginnings and radiant health. It is traditionally used in a hot bath at the winter solstice to help warm the body, ward off winter ailments, calm the mind and help people with individual motivation.
Yuzu essential oil has a fresh, unusual citrus aroma – like a blend of grapefruit and tangerine with hints of bergamot and lime. The oil is not commercially produced in large quantities and is therefore more expensive than other citrus oils.
Yuzu essential oil can help brighten and tone the skin. It is especially good for devitalised skin and helps fight the signs of aging thanks to its high antioxidant content. Its powerful antibacterial properties can also be beneficial for oily/problem skin and skin infections. Yuzu oil has strong antimicrobial properties that protect the body from colds and other infections. It can also help relieve various pains, including arthritis and rheumatism. It is beneficial to the respiratory system, helping to soothe inflammation and clear mucus and congestion. It can help with digestive problems – it relieves inflammation, eases nausea and soothes cramps. Its relaxing properties can also help you get a good night’s sleep.
Yuzu essential oil has both uplifting and calming properties that make it useful for problems such as anxiety, stress, depression and nervous tension or exhaustion. It can help clear the mind and support a more confident and optimistic view.
We recommend trying combinations of fragrance blends
Yuzu notes blend well with all other citrus oils. Try mixing it with small amounts of basil, sage, Roman chamomile, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vetivert or ylang-ylang.
Cold-pressed Yuzu oil is phototoxic and should not be applied to the skin directly exposed to sunlight. Take care to store the oil properly. If the oil oxidises, it may cause skin sensitisation.
If applied to the skin, it should be tested on a small patch of skin for tolerance. It is also advisable to dilute the oil with cold-pressed vegetable oil to prevent possible skin irritation.
Why not follow the ancient Japanese tradition with a winter bath blend that warms the body and wards off colds? Add 3 drops of Yuzu essential oil, 2 drops of bergamot and 2 drops of ginger essential oil to your bath. We also recommend adding 15 ml of neutral moisturizing bath oil. You can add sea salt for extra effect.
Let yourself be carried away by a pleasant fresh scent and captivating and mind-soothing tones. Mix 3 drops of Yuzu essential oil, 2 drops of bergamot and 2 drops of geranium and use the mixture in an aromatherapy diffuser or aroma lamp.
Add 3 drops of Yuzu essential oil, 3 drops of chamomile oil and 1 tablespoon of quality vegetable oil (jojoba, almond, olive, coconut, etc.) to 100 g of coarse Himalayan salt. Mix well and enjoy a bath that will cleanse your body and spirit.
Of course, relaxing your mind and body will also help fight exhaustion and fatigue. However, sometimes our bodies can forget how to relax. Used in the morning, Yuzu can help reset your body clock to wake you up and remind your body what to do. It can also help release nervous exhaustion. Add 1 drop of Yuzu to 5 ml of shower gel (ideally natural, unscented) to perk you up at the start of your day. Repeat this daily for a month and notice the difference in energy.
Yuzu is a great analgesic, useful for cramps (including stomach cramps) and general aches and pains. Mix 3 drops of lavender essential oil, 2 drops of Yuzu essential oil and 1 drop of star anise essential oil into 15 ml of grapeseed oil and massage into areas of pain and tension upwards towards the heart.