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Yuzu Essential Oil

Citrus junos

Yuzu Essential Oil


Yuzu Essential Oil possesses a delightful citrus aroma that smells like a cross between Mandarin Essential Oil and Grapefruit Essential Oil. Children are very likely to enjoy the aroma.

Yuzu, Citrus junos, is a citrus fruit that is primarily grown in Asia. The fruit is yellow to green in color and is not typically eaten. Instead, its aromatic rind is traditionally used for culinary applications.

Yuzu Essential Oil is well known for application within personal fragrancing. However, limited reliable information exists on the use of Yuzu Oil for other specific applications.

The pleasant aroma of Yuzu Essential Oil makes it a good candidate for uplifting diffuser blends intended to help with anxiety, depression and nervousness.

Be selective of where you buy Yuzu Essential Oil from, and purchase it only from reputable companies. Some producers have been found to pass a citrus oil blend off as Yuzu Oil.

Yuzu Essential Oil is not likely to be phototoxic. See the Yuzu Essential Oil Safety Information section below for more information.

Yuzu Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

  • Nervous Stomach Cramps
  • Cellulite
  • Neuralgia
  • Influenza
  • Colds
  • Convalescence
  • Stress-induced Skin Conditions
  • Devitalized Skin
  • Nervous Tension
  • Nervous Exhaustion
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • General Tonic

Source: Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 632.

Botanical Name

Citrus junos

Plant Family


Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled or Cold Pressed

Plant Part Typically Used

Citrus Rind (Peel)


Bottle Depicting the Typical Color of Yuzu Essential Oil

Greenish orange



Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Yuzu Essential Oil smells bright, complex and citrusy. It is somewhat similar to the aroma of mandarin and grapefruit blended together.

Major Constituents of Yuzu Oil

  • (+)-Limonene
  • Gamma-Terpinene
  • B-Phellandrene
  • B-Myrcene
  • Linalool
  • a-Pinene

Source: M. Sawamura. Development of Eco-conscious Technology for Essential Oil Extraction from and Treatment of Yuzu Peel Waste. (Project Report of the Promoting Research Fund of Japan Science and Technology Agency, 2009), 1-98. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 480.

Yuzu Essential Oil Safety Information

Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young recommend careful storage, and they recommend avoiding the use of oxidized Yuzu Oil to prevent skin sensitization. Although Yuzu Essential Oil has not undergone reliable phototoxicity testing, Tisserand and Young strongly conclude that Yuzu Oil is very likely not phototoxic due to its insignificant content of bergapten. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 87,480.]

General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Shelf Life

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