CAJEPUT ( Melaleuca cajeputi )
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.
Botanical Family: Myrtaceae
Part of the plant used: fresh leaves and buds
Method of extraction: steam distillation
Properties: 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
Emotional effects: aphrodisiac, balancing, clearing, refreshing, reviving, stimulating and uplifting
Blending note: top
Blends well with: eucalyptus, juniper, mint, and wintergreen
Application: Use as an inhalant, with a diffusor 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.
Available in: pure essential oil, Herbal Chest Rub