Cajuput oil is an excellent hemostarie (wound healing). In the same family as tea tree, this oil is highly antiseptic. Its smell, which is similar to eucalyptus, can be useful in inhalations for bronchial conditions. Its also known as cajaputi in Hindi.
Origin of Cajuput
The name comes from Malaysian cajuput, also found in Australia. Sometimes called the swamp tea tree, it has white flowers hanging on a long spike. The leaves are highly aromatic.
Properties of Cajuput Oil
It has a bitter, pungent, sweet taste with powerful, fresh, eucalyptus-like, camphoraceous odor. Its actions are antiseptic, antispasmodic, expectorant, analgesic, antineuralgic and haemostatic.
Most common uses:
Has uplifting effect on mood.
Acts on the respiratory tract to help in cases of colds, influenza, sinus trouble, bronchitis, laryngitis, asthma and tuberculosis.
Good for digestive difficulties and vomiting.
Useful in cases of cystitis and urethritis.
Helps in cases of dysentery.
Regulates painful periods.
Helps neuralgia, along with associated toothache and earache.
Good for acne and psoriasis.
Beneficial to open wounds and sores.
Good for aching limbs and rheumatic conditions.
Helps combat intellectual fatigue.
It can be used in a gargle with sandalwood oil for sore throat; recipe: 1 drop cajuput; 1 drop sandalwood in one half-cup water, mix well and gargle.
Cajuput is most effective when massaged around the voice box to alleviate the associated muscle tension.
It is excellent for joint and muscle distress (a very strong massage oil or compress.)
Mixes well with: eucalyptus, rosemary, camphor, juniper, cypress and tea tree.
Warning: in high dosage may cause vomiting and stomach irritation