Cajuput essential oil is made by extracting oils from fresh leaves and twigs through steam distillation method. The oil is rich in anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which make it a natural substitute to treat severe body disorders.
Vernacularly called Cajuput or White Samet, Melaleuca Cajuputi is a large tree which grows up to 100 ft. Cajuput trees are evergreen and can reach up to 30 meters in height. They usually have a whitish, spongy bark with a crooked trunk. This evergreen tree of myrtle family is indigenous to Indonesia. It blooms white, cream, or pale yellow coloured flowers at the tip of every branch.
Indonesia is one of the largest producers of cajuput oil and is also the largest consumers. It can be found close to shorelines on the island of Pulau Buru in Maluku and in some parts of Central Java. Indonesia produces around 325 - 350 MT per annum, making it one of Indonesia's largest produced essential oils by volume. Primarily used in massage oils, it is also used for its remedial qualities in treating stomach aches, common cold, nausea and insect bites. More than 90% of the oil produced is consumed locally by the pharma industry. Cajuput is Indonesia's answer to China's Eucalyptus. Both used across similar applications cajuput is also common in other South East Asian countries.
In Malaysia and other Indonesia islands, cajuput was considered a valuable treatment for cholera, colds, flu, headaches, rheumatism, throat infections, toothache, sore muscles, and for various skin conditions. It was highly regarded for its antiseptic, carminative, and analgesic properties. Australian aborigines used it thus: Cajuput has been used by the aborigines on Groote Eylandt for the treatment of aches and pains. The leaves are crushed in the hand and rubbed on. Sometimes, young leaves and twigs are crushed and steeped in hot water, the liquid is used to bathe the affected area, and the rest is poured over the head. Crushed leaves are sniffed to cure headache. Cajuput was first introduced to Europe in the 17th century, and the oil was an expensive and rare commodity until the Dutch gained territory in the Moluccas (the believed origin of cajuput). It is thought that cajuput was first mentioned in The Natural History of Simple Drugs by Dr. G Guibourt in 1876. He described the properties of cajuput as antiseptic for intestinal issues, dysentery, enteritis, urinary complaints, cystitis, and infections of the urethra. Nowadays, cajuput essential oil is widely used for respiratory conditions to alleviate respiratory discomfort and distress, especially nasal and chest congestion. It is also used as an effective topical pain reliever for injury, arthritis, gout, back pain, sciatica, neuralgia, and neuritis.
The Chemical constituents and the composition of Cajuput essential oil differ according to the places of production. The major compounds present in cajuput essential oil include: 1,8-Cineole (41.1–70.8%), a-Terpineol (6.5–8.7%), p-Cymene (0.7–6.8%), Terpinolene (0–5.9%), g-Terpinene (1.2–4.6%), (þ)-Limonene (3.8–4.1%), Linalool (2.7–3.6%), a-Pinene (2.1–3.2%), b-Caryophyllene (0.7–2.5%), b-Myrcene (0.9–2.0%), a-Caryophyllene (0.5–1.6%), b-Pinene (0.8–1.5%), Terpinen-4-ol (0.6–1.5%), b-Selinene (0–1.5%), a-Selinene (0–1.5%), and Guaiol (0–1.2%). The 1,8-Cineole content primarily determines the biological activity of the cajuput essential oil.
Renowned for its beautiful foliage, exotic flowers, and attractively fibrous white bark, cajuput essential oil is one of the best-kept secrets in aromatherapy. Reached for this oil for its piercing and clarifying scent to help re-enliven the mind, improve concentration, and awaken the senses after activities in a long day. It’s also one of must-have oils in homemade sore muscle balms and salves as it soothes tension, tightness, and soreness in the muscles and has been especially helpful in controlling sciatic pain. Whatever your reason, whether it be mental, emotional, or physical, cajuput essential oil is sure to alleviate what ails you.
Shelf Life : 5 years
Storage Instructions :
Transfer the essential oil content received in aluminium containers from the essential oil bulk manufacturers to amber dark glass bottles. And store them in cool, dark places away from sunlight and heat to preserve their essence till their expiry.
General Precautionary Measures
This information is only for the use of education and is not meant for replacing any prescribed medicines or professional medical advice or for diagnosing any kind of health conditions. Never ingest essential oils and do remember to dilute them in appropriate carrier oils like Jojoba or Coconut oil. This is due to the fact that organic and unadulterated essential oils are highly concentrated liquids and direct application of essential oils on the skin may lead to allergic reactions. Due care should be taken if you are a nursing mother or carrying. Keep out of reach of children.Speak with your healthcare practitioner before taking your call on the suitable essential oils for your state of health and unique individual constitution