Organic Cajuput Essential Oil
Cajeput, Melaleuca Minor, Swamp Tea Tree, White Tee Tree
- The medicinally scented Cajuput / Cajeput belongs to the same group of essential oils as Tea Tree and is rather similar to Eucalyptus, with 1.8 cineol being the predominant compound. Cajuput Oil is most commonly used as an antiseptic, but it is also remarkably helpful for headaches and bodily pains.
Farming Method Certified Organic Country of Origin Indonesia Plant Part Leaf Scientific Name Melaleuca cajuputi Application Method Bath, Compress, Diffusion, Inhalation, Topical
Although Cajuput is a tree of the Melaleuca variety, the lingering camphorous scent and simultaneously warming and cooling sensations of Cajuput are similar to Eucalyptus. Cajuput is a wonderful antiseptic for colds and removing mucous, and it is also excellent as a muscle rub, insect repellent, and migraine reliever. Its great advantage over Eucalyptus is that its 1.8 cineol content is much lower, usually around 50%, which makes it much milder and more suitable for children.
Below is a list of benefits that Cajuput Essential Oil provides, by category.
Respiratory system: Bronchitis, catarrh, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, asthma, sore throat.
Skin problems: Acne, oily skin and hair, preventing insect bites.
Musculoskeletal system: Arthritis, rheumatism, muscular aches and pains, poor circulation.
Genito-urinary system: Urinary tract infections, urethritis, cystitis, leucorrhoea.
Here is how to use Cajuput essential oil for various conditions:
Topical Application for localized use on the skin: Dilute up to 1-2% in any carrier oil (5-10 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil). See precautions below.
Topical Application for whole body massage: Dilute up to 1% in any carrier oil (5 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil). See precautions below.
Compresses: Dilute up to 1-2% in hot or cold water (5-10 drops per tablespoon of water). See precautions below.
Aromatic Bath: Dilute in bath salts or milk or similar before adding to a full bath. See precautions below.
- Sore muscles, poor circulation, arthritis and rheumatism: Topical Application.
- Cough, bronchitis, colds: Direct Inhalation from a diffuser, Steam Inhalation, Topical Application to chest.
- Sore throat: Compress, Direct Inhalation from a diffuser.
- Asthma: Direct Inhalation from a diffuser on a regular basis.
- Urinary infections: Sitz Bath.
- For skin and hair health: Add 1% to skin and hair products.
- Insect repellent: Topical Application on exposed skin.
Nontoxic, non-sensitizing. May be a skin irritant in high concentrations. Dilute before using, and never allow the essential oil to come into contact with mucus membranes. Use sparingly.
The tree is so elegant and lovely to look at that in parts of Asia it is often planted for decorative purposes; it lends itself well as a subject for paintings. The pretty leaves were discovered by ancient peoples to emit a powerful essence when crushed. Traditionally, the essence from these leaves was considered important medicine for colds, infections and pain, and to expel roundworm.
About the Plant
Caju-Puti is the Malaysian way of saying Cajuput, and the word literally means “White Wood.” This tall evergreen tree does have white sponge-like bark and is covered with pointed, flat green leaves decorated with puffs of bushy white flowers.
Myrtaceae – Myrtle Family
Scent: The scent of Cajuput is fresh, woody and camphorous.
Blends With: Eucalyptus, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Pine, Rosemary.
Fragrance Note: Top.
Composition: 1.8 cineol, terpineol, terpinyl acetetate, pinene, nerolidol.