By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist
Cajeput was one such plant that I found a great documentary on. It took me deep into forests filled with majestic Cajeput. I learned so much about where it originates, its incredible resiliency, and the preservation efforts in Vietnam.
Sometimes when I smell my essential oils I like to close my eyes and picture myself surrounded by the plants in their native environments. Fortunately, I have an incredible imagination and with my eyes closed and the essential oil bottle close, I can transport myself to far off lands. Every so often I get lucky and come across a documentary of someone enjoying in person, what I have only had the pleasure of enjoying in my mind. Watching these documentaries gives me such an accurate look into what my dreams turned into reality would look like.
My current batch of Cajeput was sourced by Plant Therapy from Indonesia. The leaves and twigs are steam distilled to get the essential oil known as Melaleuca cajuputi. This is the same family as Tea Tree, also known as Melaleuca alternifolia; although similar, each has its own unique properties. Cajeput contains higher concentrations of 1,8 Cineole making it a better choice for upper respiratory support. It also contains a higher percentage of limonene making it helpful with digestive issues, outdoor annoyances, and cleaning products.
Legend has it that when Captain Cook explored Asia he brought with him seeds that floated to the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, and that is how the Cajeput tree came to be in Southern Asia.
My top 5 uses for Cajeput are:
- In a steam bowl place 2 drops of Cajeput and inhale deeply
- 1 ounce coconut oil, 5 drops Cajeput, 4 drops Ravensara, 2 drops Melissa, 2 drops Sandalwood Australian
- 1 ounce carrier oil, 6 drops Cajeput, 4 drops Rosemary 1,8-Cineole, 4 drops Clove Bud, 4 drops Black Pepper
|A. Deckard, “14 Uses for Cajeput Essential Oil,” Healthy Focus, 13 May 2015.