Cajeput oil is an oil produced by steam distillation of fresh leaves and twigs of the cajeput tree or Melaleuca leucadendra. It is usually used to treat colds, headaches, tumors, and toothache, to loosen phlegm, for fungal infection, etc. In food and beverages, it is also used as a flavoring.
It is found in Australia and in Indonesia.
How the Oil is Prepared
The oil is extracted from the leaves collected on a hot dry day, macerated in water, fermented for a night, then distilled. The oil is very pungent and it has the scent of a mixture of turpentine and camphor. Because the oil is steam distilled, it is very organic and always retains its natural nutrients.
Cajeput Essential Oil Benefits and Properties
It is known to be used in aromatherapy to soothe respiratory issues and distress.
It is also used to make balms and salves.
The oil is a decongestant, which means it can provide relief from nasal and chest congestion.
It is antibacterial.
It is diaphoretic, which means it can make you sweat more.
It can be an effective insecticide. It is used to kill insects.
It promotes better working of the body channels because it is a natural tonic.
It shrinks the pores of the skin and takes away excess oil.
It reduces inflammation of theskin.
It is an antioxidant.
Take a patch test first before applying the oil directly to your skin, as you might have an allergic reaction.
Very small amounts of the cajeput oil is safe for intake, but excessive amounts taken in orally probably is not.
There is not enough reliable information or research found yet on the safety of cajeput oil for pregnant or nursing women. It is best to ask a health care professional before use.