A popular top note, Cajuput is an essential oil that has long been used as a traditional medicine, especially in Australia. It is usually in form of crushed leaves and twigs and is applied onto the wound. The warm sensation produced by this herbal plant is also evident in its rich, oil form.
The form of extracting this kind of oil can be compared to another famous Australian plant, the Eucalyptus. Cajuput contains powerful properties, including Limonene, Terpineol, Caryophyllene, Beta Pinene, Cymene and Myrcene.
Despite not being used widely in cosmetic or even culinary applications, Cajuput offers a wide plethora of medicinal uses. It works as an antiseptic, one of its most popular features, which is efficient in warding off infections from viruses, bacteria, fungi and other organisms. It, in turn, is potent in fighting off tetanus, cholera and typhoid, as well as other infectious diseases. Its scent also makes it a great vermifuge as well as insecticide. It drives away insects, but watch out, its insecticidal properties are quite potent that you need to dilute the solution. At best, use a vaporizer to drive away those bugs.
Just like its cousin, the Eucalyptus, it is also a great alternative for a natural decongestant and expectorant. Cajuput offers immediate relief in congestion of your respiratory system, and is used to treat inflammation of the throat and tracts.
The stimulant property of Cajuput is due to its warming properties. It promotes circulation and secretion, which use makes you sweat, as a way of flushing toxins out of the body. This, in turn, makes it a nice febrifuge. It fights away infections by cooling down the body as the toxins are removed. Cajuput is also a good carminative, and the warmth it produces gives yo relief from gas problems.
Other than these features, Cajuput also works as an analgesic. Heal the stings brought about by toothaches and headaches by applying it locally on the area. When ingested, it reduces pain in the muscles and joints which might have been caused by colds and fevers. One warning, though; dilute this powerful herbal medicine before consuming.
A few of its unknown properties: Cajuput also works as a great skin tonic. It smoothens and brightens the skin while at the same time, keeping it safe and clear from infections. It is also anti-spasmodic and relieves internal spasms and cramps. Perfect to use against dysmenorrhea, Cajuput can bid monthly menstruation woes away. It also detoxifies the body from toxins, helping cure skin problems like acne and pimples.
When used as an essential oil, Cajuput can easily blend well with other floral notes, such as geranium, lavender, rosemary, ylang ylang and clary sage. It can also be paired well with thyme, bergamot and angelica. As mentioned in this article, application of Cajuput in highly concentrated form may cause skin irritations. Mild doses should be administered, if applied onto the skin or taken in as medicine. To see whether it will not cause allergies, do a small patch test.