Primary benefits and uses of Cajeput essential oil include the treatment of colds and flu and the prevention of bronchial or sinus-related ailments. It may provide a jump start for the immune system. It is known as an analgesic and may be effective against neuralgia, gout, sciatica and lumbago, muscle stiffness and aches and pains in general.
Traditionally, it has been used for muscle aches and pains, and some breathing conditions.
Instructions for Use
Add to massage formulas at no more than 5% for treating sports injuries and arthritis. Add to a bowl of steaming water and inhale to clear nasal passages and sinuses, or use, diluted, as a chest rub for immune system support and cold care.
History and Additional Information
Cajeput essential oil is derived leaves of several Melaleuca species. These trees are widespread in the Malay area and also in northern Australia. Most oil production is from Sulawesi. The name “cajeput” comes from an Indonesian name meaning “white wood.”
Once the leaves dry out during a hot, arid day, they are collected, added to water and then macerated. They are then left to ferment over night.
The oil is prepared from leaves collected on a hot dry day, macerated in water, and distilled after fermenting for a night.
- Latin/Botanical Name: Melaleuca minor
- Other Names: Melaleuca Quinquenervia, Cajuput
- Family: Myrtleaceae
- Part of Plant Used: Leaves and twigs
- Place of Origin: Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia
- Odor/Fragrance: fruity, like eucalyptus, camphorous, pungent
- Color: clear, yellowish tinge
- Aroma Strength: medium
- Consistency: thin
- Note: top
Blending Suggestions: Marjoram, Helichrysum, and Ginger
Safety Precautions for this Essential Oil: Cajeput is generally non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-toxic. Possible skin irritation can occur in sensitive subjects.
Buy Essential Oil:
Highest Quality: Mountain Rose Herbs
Expect to pay a bit more for a higher quality oil. Always choose the highest quality oil if you plan on using internally or topically.
Best Value per ounce: Plant Therapy
This brand is less expensive per ounce, but still offers a great value.