I recently enjoyed a brief meeting with a fellow aromatherapist who was visiting Sedona from Japan; she was kind enough to bring me a small gift of yuzu essential oil. I had never heard of yuzu essential oil before she visited so I did some quick research on this particular essential oil (and plant) and learned that it is of Eastern Asian origin. Here is some more information on yuzu.
Yuzu: A Citrus Oil
Yuzu (Citrus junos) is in fact a citrus fruit; the fruit of this tree resembles a grapefruit both in color and in shape. In fact, its aroma is that of somewhere between mandarin and grapefruit; it is a top note essential oil. Yuzu belongs to the Rutaceae plant family. Although it originated in China, it is today commonly found in both Korea and Japan. You should be careful not to confuse yuzu with yuko, a native of Japan, that closely resembles the yuzo.
Uses of Yuzu
The outer rind of Yuzu (which is where the the essential oil is contained) is used in culinary dishes in both Korea and Japan. You may even find it in some Western dishes too. Not a lot information is known/can be verified in the use of Yuzu as an essential oil but as it belongs to the citrus family, it is often used for similar purposes as those of other citrus oils, such as lemon(Citrus limon) and grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi). It is thought that Yuzu essential oil might be phototoxic too, so take the usual precautions as with other phototoxic essential oils with regard to sun exposure
More Information on Citrus Oils
You can find more information on other citrus essential oils in the Aromatherapy Library. In addition, several of the citrus essential oils are profiled in the Sedona Aromatherapie Foundation Course in Aromatherapy.
- Aromaweb: Yuzu Essential Oil, accessed June 15, 2012
- Information supplied with author’s bottle of Yuzu essential oil