Cajeput - Melaleuca leucadendron var. cajuputi

Improves mood, increases resistance to infections. A good 'unwinding' oil. Can be used in a steam inhalation to help clear the nasal passages, also helpful when treating oily skin and spots.  

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County of Origin Indonesia
Botanical Family Mytaceae
Therapeutic Properties Analgesic, Anti-asthmatic, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-microbial, Anti-oxidant, Anti-septic, Anti-viral, Cephalic, Decongestant, Energizing, Expectorant, Mucolytic
Chemical Family Monoterpenes, Oxides
Approx. Shelf Life 4 - 5 years
Plant Parts Leaves & Stems
Note Classification Middle
Method of Extraction Steam Distilled
Blends well with Bergamot. Birch, Cardomom, Clove, Geranium, L avender, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Rose, Thyme

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History: The Eastern cultures have a long history with Cajeput. Often grown as an ornamental because it is so beautiful. Used in Java for cholera and rheumatism. Used in Africa and Asia as an insecticide and parasiticide. Aborigines used crushed cajeput leaves rubbed on the skin to relieve aches and pains. They also steeped in leaves in hot water to pour onto affected areas. Smelling the leaves helped headache pain.

Characteristics: Cajeput Essential Oil has a fresh, camphorous aroma resembling the combined fragrances of camphor, rosemary, and cardamom, with a slight fruity note; a middle note with a medium strength aroma. Cajeput being the Indonesian for 'white wood', it is part of the Melaleuca family and is used much in the same way as its cousin, Tea Tree. Cajeput is a melaleuca like tea tree, but cajeput has a high percentage of cineole which is found in eucaplyptus. This is what gives cajeput it expectorant properties. Used in dentistry and pharmaceutical work, as an antiseptic in expectorant and tonic formulations, throat lozenges, and gargles. Used as a fragrance and freshening agent in soaps, cosmetics, detergents and perfumes. Cajeput is part of a large group of plants called tea trees or melaleucas. In Malaysia it is called "caju-puti" meaning white wood because of the color of the timber.

Clinical Studies:

Indications: Used for insect bites, oily skin, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, sinusitis, sore throat, cystitis, arthritis, urinary infections, colds, flu, and viral infections. Used to improve circulation, calm, reduce stress, open sinus and breathing passages, relieve aches and pains, disinfect, repel insects. Antimicrobial, antineuralgic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, balsamic, calmative, carminative, cicatrizant, counter-irritant, decongestant, diaphoretic.

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Subtle Aromatherapy:

Mode of Administration: Bath, diffuser, ear oil, gargle, inhaler, liquid candle, massage, mist spray, steam inhalation, throat lozenges.

Safety: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.

 

References:
Battaglia, S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2005
Tisserand R. Young R.  Essential Oil Safety, second edition.  Churchhill Livingstone, UK, 2013
Sheppard-Hanger S. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual.  Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, USA, 2000
Caddy R. Essential Oils in Colour.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2005
Lawless J. The encyclopaedia of Essential Oils.  Element Books Limited, GB, 1992
Caddy R. the Essential Blending Guide.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2007
Weaver W.W. Sauer’s Herbal Cures.  Routledge, UK, 2001
World Wide Web Encyclopeadia Britannica. USA, 2014
Photos attribution – istock Photos
Safety Considerations:
        Do not take essential oils internally.
        Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
        Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
        The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.
        Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting a healthcare provider.
        The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.
        You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.
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    Improves mood, increases resistance to infections. A good 'unwinding' oil. Can be used in a steam inhalation to help clear the nasal passages, also helpful when treating oily skin and spots.  

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