Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Prima Fleur Essential Oil: YUZU

A cultivated citrus fruit, Citrus junos, our Yuzu Essential Oil from Japan [Prima Fleur No. 238] is cold-pressed for the peel. Very rare and luscious, this traditional Japanese citrus is used almost exclusively for its aromatic rind. The fruit is acidic and moderately juicy with a refreshing aroma that is distinct from any other Western citrus fruit.
The peel is strongly scented and makes a good addition to blends and in perfumery. In Japan, bathing with yuzu on the winter solstice is a custom that dates to at least the early 18th century. Whole yuzu fruits are floated in the hot water of the bath, sometimes enclosed in a cloth bag, releasing their aroma. The fruit may also be cut in half, allowing the citrus juice to mingle with the bathwater. The yuzu bath, known commonly as yuzuyu, but also as yuzuburo, is said to guard against colds, treat the roughess of skin, warm the body, and relax the mind.
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