As not much traditional information has been shared about the energetics and Inner Nature of Yuzu, I find taking a look at the plant and how it grows can give me quite a lot of clues.  When it comes to Yuzu and its Inner Nature I have found that Yuzu can be very helpful for someone who is driven by a strong sense of duty.  People who keep at it, putting others above themselves and don’t allow themselves the time to rest, regardless of how tired of stressed they feel.   It seems that just a little Yuzu in their blend is the right key to unlock their appreciation of the importance of looking after themselves first, so that they are able to help others effectively without draining all their own reserves.

 (Citrus junos Siebold ex Tanaka)

Family: Rutaceae

Plant Description: Yuzu is a naturally occurring hybrid that originates and grows wild in central China and Tibet.  It was first introduced into Japan and Korea during the Tang Dynasty.  In their native environment these evergreens are able to withstand pretty low temperatures of as little as 10 degrees F or even less.  In the wild they grow at high elevations 600 – 1400 meters high.  They are pest and disease resistant.  They have an excellent tolerance for drought, heat, humidity and sun, but a poor tolerance for wet soil and shade.  This small upright tree that has many large thorns, dark glossy leaves and creamy white flowers and grows slowly until its root system is well established.  The fruit ranges between 5.5 – 7.5 cm in diameter.  Its aromatic bumpy skin changes from green to yellow as it ripens, usually mid to late Fall.  The flavor of the fruit is very intense, sharp, sour and acidic, with a flower blossom note and it is rarely eaten as a fruit, although its zest is highly appreciated for garnishing and flavoring.    Keep in mind that a little will go a long way.

History/Folklore:  In Japan, Yuzu Baths are traditionally taken on Winter Solstice, Tōji, in public hot baths or hot springs.  A traditional that dates back to at least the early 18th century.  Whole yuzu fruits are floated in the hot water of the bath.  Some people put them into a cloth bag, while others prefer to have them floating freely.  Still others will cut the fruit in half so that the juice, as well as the citrus peel oils will mingle with the bath water.  It is believed that the Yuzu bath, yuzuyu, also known as yuzuburo, will guard against colds, treat the roughness of skin, warm the body, and relax the mind.

Essential Oil 

Extraction:  A pale yellow essential oil is extracted through cold expression of the fruit rind.

Aroma:  Lovely citrus aroma, reminiscent of grapefruit and mandarin with overtones of bergamot and lime.

Odor intensity:  Medium

Perfume Note:  Top

Blends well with:  Basil; Bergamot; Black Pepper; Cardamom; Cedarwood; Coriander; Clary Sage; Cypress; Ginger; Jasmine; Lavender; Marjoram; Palmarosa; Pine; Ravensara; Rose; Rosemary; Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang

Chemistry:  87% Monoterpenes (limonene around 63% and other monoterpenes), around 8% Alcohols (mostly linalool).

Cautions:  If oxidized there is a danger of skin sensitization.  Testing has detected little or no bergapten in any of the aromatics extracted from Yuzu, including cold expressed, steam distillation and supersonic distillation. Tisserand and Young say that it is not phototoxic.


On a physical level, it is a lovely oil for any stress induced condition, including skin and digestive conditions.  It can be used when dealing with flu and colds and is an excellent oil to consider for chronic fatigue or when convalescing.

On a psychological level, it can encourage focus and supports concentration, strength, courage and centering.

On a subtle level, Yuzu gives the spiritual purification and strength needed to move forward and the focus required as we take in new thoughts and feelings.

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Tony Burfield, Natural Aromatic Materials – Odours & Origins, 2000
Beverley Hawkins, Essential Oils and Carriers, Aromatherapy 101, Aromatherapy 201, Aromatherapy 301, 1999-2018
Tisserand and Young, 2nd Edition Essential Oil Safety, 2014
Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition, New World Library, Novato, California, 1991, 2016