Cajeput Essential Oil (Indonesia)
Product Name: Cajeput Essential Oil (Indonesia)
Botanic Name: Melaleuca cajeputi
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.
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.
The chemical constituents of Cajeput Essential 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.
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.
No known toxicity. Avoid during pregnancy.