• Cajeput Essential Oil

Cajeput Essential Oil

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Cajeput is a sister plant to Tea Tree. The essential oil has a strong, slightly sweet, medicinal aroma. It is used for its antiseptic properties and is particularly beneficial for respiratory and urinary tract infections and pain relief.
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Cajeput (Melaleuca cajeputi) also known as cajuput is a medium to tall evergreen tree with white spongy bark, pointed leaves and spikes of white or greenish flowers. It grows vigorously in Australia and South-East Asia and takes its name from the Malaysian ‘caju-puti’ which translates as ‘white-wood’, referring to the colour of the timber.

Cajeput is closely related to other members of the Melaleuca group (a sub-species of the Myrtaceae family), notably Clove, all of the Eucalyptuses, Myrtle, Niaouli and Tea Tree. The tree is highly regarded in the East and has traditionally been used for treating colds, throat infections, headaches, tooth ache and rheumatism. The Australian Aborigines crushed the leaves and twigs to treat aches and pains and inhaled vapours from the crushed leaves to treat respiratory infections. In Thailand, the leaves were used in herbal teas to treat a variety of complaints.

Cajeput essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs and has a pale greenish-yellow colour which distinguishes it from some of the other varieties of Melaleuca. The green colour is derived from traces of copper contained in the tree. The oil has a penetrating, camphoraceous, medicinal aroma that has a stimulating, slightly cooling, head-clearing effect when inhaled. It has slightly milder, fruitier notes than Eucalyptus and Tea Tree, which makes it a popular choice when a more pleasant fragrance is required.

Like other family members, Cajeput is particularly known for its antiseptic, antimicrobial and expectorant properties and is often used in inhalations for colds and other respiratory infections.
 
 
  • Species: Melaleuca cajeputi
  • Plant family: Myrtaceae
  • Origin: Indonesia
  • Note: Middle to top
  • Extraction method: Steam distilled
 
 
Safety Note:
Do not use during pregnancy. Can irritate the skin if used in high concentrations. Avoid direct contact with mucous membranes.
 
Skin:
Cajeput essential oil has antiseptic properties and can be used to treat skin infections and other problems such as oily skin, acne, spots and insect bites. 
 
Mind:
The oil is a powerful stimulant that can help clear the mind, aid concentration and enhance clarity of thought. Do not use before bedtime unless combined with sedative oils.
 
Body:
Cajeput's antimicrobial, antiseptic, expectorant properties are particularly beneficial for respiratory and urinary tract infections such as colds, flu, bronchitis, laryngitis, sinusitis, cystitis and other UTIs. Its analgesic and antispasmodic properties can also be useful for muscular aches and pains, arthritis, rheumatism, neuralgia, sore throats and headaches.
 
Blends well with:
Citrus and resinous oils in low concentrations. 


Allergen Listings:

Geraniol 0.4%, Limonene 10%, Linalool 3.6%.

Steam inhalations for coughs, colds and flu:

Add 4 drops Bergamot, 1 Ginger, 2 Cajeput and 2 Pine to a bowl of steaming hot water, lean over the bowl and place a towel over your head to seal in the vapour. Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth for 5-10 minutes keeping your eyes closed.

Chest rub for coughs, colds and flu:

Mix 10ml Jojoba and 40ml of warmed Extra Virgin Coconut Butter with 6 drops Cajeput, 4 Tea Tree, 4 Frankincense, 2 Eucalyptus and 2 Thyme. Pour into a glass jar with lid and leave to cool and set. Massage into chest as and when required.

Aromatherapy massage oil for muscular aches and pains associated with sport / exercise:

Mix 30ml Grapeseed Oil, 2 drops Cajeput, 2 Roman Chamomile, 3 Rosemary, 3 Marjoram and 5 Lavender. Massage into limbs in a direction towards the heart.

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