Cajeput Essential Oil

Not so very long ago, I had the opportunity of being introduced to the essential oil, Cajeput, and was amazed at its beautiful pale blue/green appearance. Strange name, I thought as I smelled it for the first time. The fresh, clean, fruity, penetrating and somewhat medicinal aroma prompted me to investigate the secrets of Cajeput and what it has to offer.

What I learned

Cajeput (kayu-puti), which means “white wood” in Indonesian, originates from the Malayan coastal plains and can be found in abundance in southeast regions of Asia and northern Australia. Growing to 30 metres, Cajeput is an evergreen with white spongy bark and a crooked trunk. Cajeput is closely related to the Niaouli, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus trees.

To obtain therapeutic properties, the sharp leaves and twigs are harvested on a hot arid day, macerated in water and then allowed to ferment overnight before the steam distillation process occurs. The result is a volatile oil (which simply means it dissipates quickly into the air, even at room temperature).

With a reputation of being a medicinal oil in the East, it is used to to treat an array of conditions, such as sore muscles, stiff aching joints, sinus infections, colds/flu and head lice, and repelling insects and fleas. Cajeput is diluted in a 1:1 ratio to prevent skin irritation. Having properties that are antiviral, antibacterial, antispasmodic, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary (healing) and astringent, Cajeput is undoubtedly an excellent addition to a First Aid Kit.

When blending with other essential oils, Cajeput synergizes well with pine, lavender, clary sage, rosemary, ylang ylang, geranium and marjoram.

Although Cajeput is considered nontoxic and non-sensitizing, it can be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes in high concentrations. Individuals who are pregnant or planning to be should avoid cajeput.

Posted by Anita on 8/2/2017