Cajeput Essential Oil is made from the distilled leaves and branches of Cajeput trees. The cajeput tree is a subtype of the melaleuca tree, which is native to tropical regions in
Australia and Southeast Asia.
Cajeput is also referred to as cajuput, kajuput, melaleuca cajuputi, and minyak kayu putih.
The oil is best known for its antiseptic and analgesic properties. It is also considered an anti-inflammatory, sometimes used to treat minor skin wounds, the common cold, and inflammatory skin diseases.
How to use cajeput oil
When properly diluted and tested for allergic reactions, cajeput oil can be used safely for your hair and skin. Do not use essential oils internally.
For skin care
Use diluted with a carrier oil on the skin. You can use the oil on minor wounds, scratches and rashes. Always do a spot test first to see if you are not sensitive to the oil. Another option is to add a few drops to a body lotion.
You can also use cajeput oil, diluted with a carrier oil such as argan oil, in your hair. Another option is to add a few drops of essential oil to your shampoo before massaging it into your scalp.
While it is not recommended to inhale cajeput oil directly from the bottle, consider diffusing the oil for aromatherapy with a diffuser or similar. You may find temporary relief from congestion and headaches, but it's unclear whether aromatherapy in this way can have significant effects on pain and inflammation.