Cajeput Essential Oil
Active ingredient: 1,8-Cineole: 59.4%
Botanical Name: Melaleuca cajeputi
Plant Part: Leaves and Twigs
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Description: Cajeput is a small tree with a tolerably erect but crooked trunk; a soft, thick, spongy, whitish, ash-colored bark; and scattered branches, with the slender twigs often drooping as completely as in the weeping willow (Salix Babylonica). The leaves are alternate, most frequently vertical, short-stalked, narrow- lanceolate, while young, sericeous, sometimes slightly falcate, from 3 to 5 inches long, and from 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch broad; and very aromatic when bruised.
Color: Colorless to pale yellow clear liquid.
Aromatic Scent: Cajeput Essential Oil has a fresh, camphorous aroma with a slight fruity note. The odor of the oil has been stated to resemble the combined fragrance of camphor, rosemary, and cardamom.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Cedarwood, Clove Bud, Labdanum, Origanum, Rosemary and Thyme.
Uses: The chemical constituents of essential oils such as Cajeput Oil have antiseptic and anti-microbial properties, which make it used chiefly as a local application for skin ailments. Other properties include analgesic, anti-neuralgic, antispasmodic, and insecticidal assets.
History: Cajeput being the Indonesian for white wood, it is part of the Melaleuca family and used much in the same way as its cousin, Tea Tree. The essential oil has been part of traditional medicine since ancient times, and is an ingredient in liniments such as Tiger Balm.
Cautions: No known toxicity. Avoid during pregnancy.
General Information: Sunrise Botanics provides this essential oils guide for educational purposes only and not as medical advice. Please consult a qualified healthcare practitioner or resource on essential oil uses, safety and precautions for all essential oils Canada, USA and Worldwide.