Cajeput comes from the same botanical family as Tea Tree, and so shares many of its properties. It is used in applications for many skin conditions such as acne, fungus, athlete's foot, and psoriasis, as well as an inhalant to clear nasal passages and inhibit bacteria and infections. It also has pain-killing properties and is used to relieve the pain of stiff, sore muscles. Its odour is medicinal, camphoraceous and deeply penetrating.
Part of the plant used:
fresh leaves and buds
Method of extraction:
mildly analgesic, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, expectorant, insecticidal, and tonic
Physical systems, conditions and uses:
Circulatory: varicose veins; Digestive: cramps, diarrhea, gastric upset, intestinal parasites, vomiting; Genito-urinary: cystitis, urethritis, urinary tract infections; Immune: colds, flu, infections; Muscles and joints: aches and pains, arthritis, rheumatism; Nervous: headaches; Respiratory: asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, colds, flu, sinusitis, sore throat; Skin: abscesses, acne, athlete’s foot, burns, bruises, chicken pox, cold sores, dandruff, herpes, insect bites, oily skin, rashes, warts, infected wounds
aphrodisiac, balancing, clearing, refreshing, reviving, stimulating and uplifting
Blends well with:
eucalyptus, juniper, mint, and wintergreen
Use as an inhalant, with a diffuser or on skin in a carrier.
Contraindications and safety:
Always dilute cajeput. May irritate skin and mucous membranes. Do not take internally. Keep out of reach of children.