Cajuput

Plant/part : Tree/wood (source: indonesia)

Latin name : Melaleuca cajaputi

Family : Myrtaceae

Note : Top

Extraction : Steam distillation

Aroma: Sweet , herbaceous and rather penetrating.

Properties: Analgesic, antidontalgic, antineuralgic, antiheurmatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, balsamic, cicatrisant, decongestant, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, pectoral, stimulant, sudorific, vermifuge. 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. Excellent antiseptic for the respiratory tract. Its sudorific properties help to minimise feverish colds by exerting a cooling influence. A drop in the bath promotes sweating, releasing flu toxins and is also effective in inhalations I particularly beneficial at the start of infections such as in colds, pharyngitis, laryngitis and bronchitis. Said to ease chronic pulmonary disease generally and may be helpful for asthma. Soothes colic and inflammation of the intestines such as enteritis, dysentery, gastric spasm, nervous vomiting and intestinal parasites. Also has an antiseptic effect on the urinary system and could help with cystitis and urethritis.

Chemical constituents: Terpineol (alcohol), benzaldehyde (aldehyde) , cineole (ketone), dipentene, limonene, pinene (terpenes).

Precautions: Cajaput is a stimulant and an irritant and must be used with care. This powerful oil should be used with caution and could in some cases irritate the skin and mucous membranes.

Blends : Blends well with: angelica, bergamot, birch, cardamom, clove, geranium, lavender, myrtle, nutmeg, rose, rosewood, thyme.