Many of us work too hard. With our schedules packed with errands, activities, projects and events, it’s easy for us to forget ourselves. Cajeput is an essential oil that helps remind us to take care of our hearts, minds and bodies while linking us to the natural world.
Cajeput essential oil is the ally of professional athletes, active seniors and anyone seeking to support the body after exertion. Cajeput is often combined with various mints, and other botanicals to make lotions, balms and salves for the after-shocks of strenuous exercise. Its powerful aroma is also used as an inhalant to combat the woes of seasonal maladies.
Gentle diffusion of Cajeput in office environments — with or without other essential oils — helps fight drowsiness and enliven the air with its dynamic, menthol-like aroma.
Cajeput shares a wide range of properties with Eucalyptus and Tea Tree (they are both in the same genus, Melaleuca) in natural composition and aroma. Native to Australia and Asia, Cajeput essential oil is extracted from the leaves of 50-100 foot evergreen trees using steam distillation. Much of the essential oil is produced on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
The name “cajeput” is derived from its Indonesian name, “kayu putih” or "white wood." The trees have a grey-white papery bark and gorgeous white, pink and purple flowers. Because of its beauty, the trees are often used in landscape design and are also known as River Tea Trees, Weeping Tea Trees and Punk Tree.
Botanical Name: Melaleuca cajuputi
Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Leaves
Synonym: Cajuput, River Tea Tree, Swamp Tea Tree, Weeping Tea Tree, Punk Tree
Blends Well With: Eucalyptus, Lavender, and other high cineole and floral aromas
Aroma: Medicinal, camphorous, sweet, sharp, and Tea Tree-like
Safety: If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use undiluted on skin. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions. Do not use internally, unless directed by a licensed Aromatherapist or physician. Do not apply to or near the face of infants or children
Shelf Life: 2-3 Years
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Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
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MASSAGE OIL: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 5 drops of Cajeput, 5 drops of Helichrysum, 3 drops of Peppermint and 7 drops of Copaiba, then fill with Jojoba oil. Shake to mix well. Apply and massage into sore areas. (1.7% dilution)
INHALATION: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Cajeput, 5 drops of Tea Tree and 5 drops of Lemon. Or add 5-6 drops of this blend to your Scent Ball Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
BATH SALTS: Combine: 2 drops of Cajeput, 1 drop of Peppermint and 2 drops of Frankincense with 1 tablespoon of Jojoba oil and 1/2 cup of Epsom salts. Stir together and add to a full tub for a relaxing soak.
LINIMENT: Add the following to a 2 ounce bottle: 10 drops of Cajeput, 3 drops of Peppermint, 2 drops of Frankincense and 5 drops of Copaiba, then fill with Avocado oil. Shake well and apply to overworked muscles. (1.7% dilution)
SKIN CARE: Add to a 2 ounce bottle: 3 drops of Cajeput, 4 drops of Orange and 3 drops of Lavender (French), then fill with witch hazel and Polysorbate 20 (manufacturer's recommended amount). Shake well to combine before applying to a water-dampened cotton ball and wiping over oily areas of the skin. Add a teaspoon of this blend to a small basin of water and soak a face cloth for larger areas. Relax and keep your eyes closed, as you apply the cloth to your entire face for a refreshing mask! Shelf life: 1 week (.8% dilution)
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