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Botanical Name: Melaleuca cajuputi

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Origin: Australia

Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Characteristics: Cajeput, Melaleuca cajuputi –The trees leaves are distilled producing a clear to pale mobile liquid with a penetrating eucalyptus-like smell. In its profile and usefulness it is quite similar to eucalyptus globulus.

It is commercially relevant so it is cultivated wherever possible, but it is most important in the island nations where it grows naturally. It is aromatic and exhilarating even though some describe it as medicinal and piney. Fresh oils are sometimes less attractive than oils that have aged for a few months. This is a common phenomenon in other oils too.

Cajeput should be used within two years. It is not wise to store much longer unless sealed with a nitrogen blanket. True essential oils do not go rancid. They do flatten out and oxidize. They become one dimensional.

The aroma therapy uses are similar to eucalyptus and Niaouli. Some aroma therapy manuals suggest Cajeput has more safety issues than other oxide class oils. There is very little empirical research to validate these claims.

Cajeput oil has traditional aroma therapy uses: Antibacterial, antispasmodic, analgesic, stimulating, clears thoughts, helps with pulmonary issues, Asthma, Antiseptic, acne, and psoriasis.

It blends well with mints, conifers and other oxides like eucalyptus and rosemary.

When the market conditions are right Cajeput can be a good way to reduce costs and reformulate blends that call for eucalyptus. If the percentage of eucalyptus called for in the blend is 20 percent or less there would be little or no additional safety concerns supplementing that blend with Cajeput in place of more expensive eucalyptus oil.

Extra safety precautions should be taken in pregnancy minded individuals.

Please Note: The information on is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary form of healthcare.

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1 oz, 4 oz, 1 lb, 1 kg


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