Yuzu is the Japanese name of an amazing citrus hybrid. This fruit has been the subject of many studies so far. Each time, they discovered something impressive about it. This is one of the reasons why Yuzu Essential Oil is a great oil to have around when mood swings occur.
Its scent is very uplifting and intriguing. At the same time, it has the ability to decrease the tension and anxiety, or to uplift the mood and reduce mental fatigue.
Being so good at balancing the nervous system, I decided I would talk more about Yuzu’s aromatic uses. Learn more about them in the following part of the article. Find out how to use it in diffusion and inhalation, and when to use it. I will make it even easier by writing a few diffuser blends for you to try it right away.
In the second part, you can learn more about how to find a good quality Yuzu oil. It is a very expensive essential oil, even rare at times, so you need to know what to look out for. Also, there are a few safety words to be said, so make sure you read the last part too.
Did You Know?
- Yuzu is one of the most cold-resistant trees among the citrus trees.
How to Use Yuzu Essential Oil in Diffusion against Mental Strain (Blends)
Botanical name: Citrus junos, Citrus medica junos, citrus ichangensis x C. reticulata var. austere, citrus junos sieb. ex Tanaka.
Texture: thin oil.
Color and Aroma: pale yellow oil, with a very distinctive floral-citrus aroma. It is a mixture of grapefruit and mandarin, with tints of lime and bergamot.
You can see from the many botanical names this oil has that there are more subspecies of Yuzu fruits. But the preferred, shorter version is Citrus junos.
These varieties mostly depend on the way they are grown and the geographical region. Plus, some of the fruits come from grafted trees. Their age is another key factor that influences the species, and implicitly their chemical profile.
Speaking of it, let’s see what Yuzu essential oil is made of:
- 76 – 79% Limonene. It has stimulant effects for the nervous system and it can also evoke alertness. It may also act as a decongestant and anti-tumor agent.
- 4 – 10% Gamma-terpinene. This substance promotes dopamine release, which helps reducing stress symptoms.
- 1 – 2% Myrcene.
- 1 – 2% Alpha and Beta Pinene. They act the same as limonene, together making the synergy more powerful.
- Small amounts of caryophyllene, phellandrene, p-cymene and linalool. They all have mild sedative effects.
All these constituents are volatile, meaning they evaporate fast. When limonene combines its properties with the rest of the constituents, they can suppress some of the activity of the nervous system.
One other essential oil you could use instead of Yuzu oil is Bergamot. Bergamot essential oil is considered to have very similar effects on the mind.
How to Use the Oil of Yuzu
One of the best ways to use it is by diffusion. I wrote an in-depth beginner’s guide to diffusing essential oils, if you have questions.
Generally speaking, inhaling those tiny molecules from an essential oil will get into the blood and reach the brain very fast. That way you can benefit from the oil’s properties in an instant, in a proportion of about 70%. That’s the fastest, safest way of getting the molecules into your body.
Another great and easy way of using the oil and inhaling its lovely fragrance is if you blend it with carrier oils. You can apply the blend on your wrists or palms and temples, and inhale anytime and anywhere.
A typical dosage is 6 drops of Yuzu oil mixed with 1 Oz of carrier oil. Depending on the purpose of your blend and the type of the carrier used, such a blend could be used for face care also.
Steaming baths are another lovely way of relaxing and enjoying the benefits of this aromatic oil. You can add up to 10 -15 drops of Yuzu in some milk or bath salts and throw the mixture in the water.
The steam will disperse the oil’s molecules and you will feel their effects in a few seconds. The Japanese have a tradition. They throw in their bath water whole yuzus on winter solstice. That is meant to relax and strengthen their immune system, and to protect them from colds and flu.
Tips for a Safe Diffusion
- Always diffuse Yuzu essential oil in a well-ventilated room.
- Diffuse it for 10 – 30 minutes per hour only. Otherwise, you risk getting headaches, nausea or rise up the blood pressure and become agitated. Studies show positive results only in those inhalations that are under 60 minutes. The process continues even after you’ve turned off the diffuser or put out the candle.
- Try not to use too much oil at once. Somewhere between 5 – 10 drops per diffusion should be enough.
- You can also mix Yuzu with other amazing citrus scents like Grapefruit or Sweet Orange, Lime, Lemon or Tangerine.
- Diversify your blends as much as possible and try all your lucky combinations. Don’t forget to write down the exact quantities you used and what essence you’ve added. If you get a really great blend, you might want to replicate it in the future.
One study shows that 10 – 30 minutes inhalations of Yuzu essential oil can seriously reduce emotional activity. It can also reduce stress and mood swings. It has been found effective against tension, anxiety, depression, anger feelings and even confusion. The oil has the ability to increase the alertness and uplift the mood in just 10 minutes.
1) Stress and Nervousness
Gamma-terpinene can stimulate the release of dopamine. It is one of the neurotransmitters that promote stress relief. Use Yuzu oil to get rid of emotional stress that accumulates during the day. Also, when you have trouble waiting for certain things to happen and you get nervous, try to inhale deeply from this oil.
Stress Diffuser Blend
- Yuzu essential oil: 2 drops
- Anise essential oil: 2 drops
- Vanilla extract: 2 drops
Pour these amounts over the water in your diffuser’s recipient and keep it on for up to 30 minutes. Make sure there’s enough air coming inside the room for a good ventilation.
This blend might cause headaches otherwise. If you notice it becomes harder to breathe, open the window instantly and stop the diffusion. Sometimes, people may react differently to the inhalation of essential oils.
2) Burn-out and Mental Exhaustion
Unfortunately, this type of condition has become quite popular in the past years. Everything happens at such great speeds and the demands are so high, that most of us have to struggle to keep up. At the end of the day, Yuzu is your go-to remedy for exhaustion or burn-out.
- Yuzu essential oil: 2 drops
- Sweet Orange essential oil: 2 drops
- Bergamot or Geranium essential oil: 2 drops
This mixture of essential oils can also be added to one or two tablespoons of carrier oil. You can thus, inhale from this fragrance at work, in the bus or at the supermarket.
Add that quantity into your essential oils diffuser, candle burner or steaming bath water. Don’t forget to dilute it in some bath salts or shower gel, or milk for bath therapy.
This condition can be improved and even treated, in time, with pleasant fragrances that you like. Yuzu is usually very well-liked and tolerated by most people. So, if you like it too, then don’t hesitate to make a blend with your favorite essential oils and diffuse it daily.
The more you diffuse a certain fragrance when you’re at peace, the easier it will be to come back to that mood when you feel anxious.
With its relaxing and uplifting effects, Yuzu essential oil can help you prepare for a good night’s sleep. Diffuse the oil or inhale it from cupped hands one hour prior to going to bed.
Sleepy Time Blend
- Yuzu: 3 drops
- Lavender: 2 drops
- Valerian essential oil: 2 drops
You can also blend this quantity in a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage it into your temples, wrists and chest for the same results.
Whenever you feel down or sad because you don’t trust yourself as you would like to, inhale some Yuzu oil, deeply for 10 minutes. It will help you feel better in a few minutes. Depression and lack of confidence are dark thoughts that can be alleviated. Limonene molecules are responsible for this type of soothing.
Blend your favorite 2 or 3 other fragrances with Yuzu essential oil and diffuse them into your room. Make a blend with some carrier oil also to keep it handy whenever you need it.
All these recipes and ways of using the oil can be especially helpful during the cold season. That’s when you have to spend most of the time indoors, sometimes with nothing left to do but think.
Inhaling Yuzu can also have some extra benefits for your health. It can act as an antiviral and antibacterial and ward off colds and flu, and respiratory infections. It can also purify the air.
Did You Know?
- Yuzu is widely used in the Japanese kitchen. It is used to flavor drinks, meals and sauces, like Ponzu sauce.
Details about Yuzu and Its Essential Oil, plus Safety Words
Yuzu is quite an intriguing fruit, not to mention its exotic nature! Coming from so far away, this fruit is almost unknown in the western world. Mostly, Aromatherapists, essential oils users and chefs are the ones that know about it in more depth.
The fruit is thought to have originated in China but nowadays, it is widely consumed and cultivated in Japan. It is also grown in Tibet and Korea, but none of these places cultivate yuzu or produce Yuzu essential oil on a commercial scale.
Those oils that do make it on our market, they usually come from Japan. Even though the yuzu tree is very cold resistant, it takes up to 18 years to mature and bear fruits. Once it reaches maturity, it will only bear fruits every other year.
All these things make it difficult to find Yuzu oil to meet the demands of the population. That is why the oil is very expensive, and most of the times very hard, if not rare to find.
However, farmers have started grafting the trees and use those fruits, even for essential oils. While that’s a good solution to supply the demand, the fruits and therefore, the oils too, don’t have the same strong fragrance and flavor.
I was telling you in the opening that yuzu is a hybrid, and it’s true. It’s a combination of wild or sour mandarin with Ichang papeda (another Asian citrus fruit). For an untrained eye, they all look alike.
Yet, botanically speaking, yuzu is its own valid species. It has a rough and bumpy peel (like grapefruit) and is as small as a tangerine.
The fragrance of Yuzu makes it very sought after and popular in the perfume industry. Yuzu essential oil can be extracted by several methods.
- The first and the most popular is the cold pressing method from the rinds. This method gives a phototoxic essential oil. Phototoxicity causes a skin reaction enhanced by certain molecules in contact with the sun. It is usually recommended that you don’t expose yourself to the sun for 24 hours after applying Yuzu oil on skin. You can still inhale it though, without risks.
- The second and non-phototoxic Yuzu oil is extracted by steam distillation from the rinds and peels of the fruit.
- The third and also non-phototoxic Yuzu essential oil is extracted by hydro distillation.
A safe use of any essential oil requires a bit of research. To spare you from looking elsewhere, I will give you all the known caution words for the use of the oil of Yuzu:
- Always dilute the oil in a carrier to avoid skin irritation or sensitization. It’s also wise to dilute it or mix it with other essential oils (in diffusion) for economical purposes.
- Test the essence for allergic reactions before the first use. Limonene is a known allergen. Apply a diluted drop on a small portion of skin and wait for a few hours to see what happens.
- Don’t use it on small children, breastfeeding and/or pregnant women.
In conclusion, if you get the chance to buy and use Yuzu essential oil, don’t pass it on. You ought to test its floral yet citrusy fragrance that made everybody love it and appreciate it. Your own peace of mind and relaxation are so worth the investment.
With the diffuser blends I gave you here, you can start using the oil right away. One thing you need to remember when you buy the oil: its extraction method. You want a steam distilled or a hydro distilled essential oil to avoid phototoxicity!
What do you think about this aromatic oil and its uses? Have you ever smelled it or even saw it in the fruits aisle?