Yuzu Essential Oil

by Andrea Butje on April 14, 2014

Yuzu essential oilHave you used Yuzu? (Try saying that a few times fast!)

Yuzu essential oil is extracted from Citrus junos, a small tree that produces citrus fruits that look like oranges or small grapefruits. Their color is orange-yellow with hints of green, and their peels are bumpy.

Traditionally, the fruit peels were used in hot baths on the day of the winter solstice to protect bathers from winter colds and flu.

These days we use Yuzu essential oil for soothing arthritis, rheumatism, and overall muscle aches and pains. The oil from the fruit is also known to stimulate the digestive system. (Little known fact: The zest and juice are essential ingredients in Japanese Ponzu sauce.)

The aroma of the oil is somewhere between grapefruit and tangerine, with soft hues of bergamot and lime. It has a subtle floral note and a longer lasting aroma than other citrus oils.

I find Yuzu to be inspiring and  uplifting, and I use it in my diffuser in the mornings. The diffuser blend in the picture is sure to awaken your senses! Enjoy!


The Trip of a Lifetime!

by Andrea Butje on April 7, 2014

AfricaMapAfricanTravelInc.172448Today is not my usual day. It’s the beginning of a month-long distiller trip!

Today I will be arriving in Abu Dhabi, one of the seven United Arab Emirates, to visit a frankincense distiller! Not only will I get to meet the people behind the process of producing Frankincense essential oil, but I’ll get to see literal mounds of resin! (Can you imagine how aromatic it will be?)

Next up, I’m off to the beautiful Seychelle Islands (in the Indian ocean near Madagascar) to visit a cinnamon distiller and participate in a two-week natural perfumery class. Okay, okay, a few incredible beaches and botanical gardens are in the plans….

The last part of the month takes me to the northern part of South Africa to visit several distillers (tea tree, citrus essences, and the production of absolutes) and hopefully gaze into the eyes of a few elephants and giraffes along the way.

More soon…. but for now you can stay tuned to Aromahead’s Facebook page for pictures and updates along the way!

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