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27 January 2022 / Caitlin Devlin

Cajeput Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

Cajeput essential oil can protect our health, relieve pain, and clear blocked airways.

Cajeput Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

Native to Australia and Southeast Asia, the cajeput tree has been used in traditional medicine by Malaysians and First Nation Australians for many years.

It was particularly celebrated for its ability to combat respiratory properties and to relieve pain. Cajeput oil comes from the steam distilled leaves of the cajeput tree and is said to retain those properties, as well as to cleanse and brighten skin and repel insects.

Cajeput essential oil is antiseptic.

Cajeput is a powerful oil and so should be diluted heavily when used in skincare. However, when used in its correct quantities, research has shown that cajeput oil has antiseptic properties that can help treat skin conditions and prevent infections. Components of cajeput oil can attack harmful bacteria and keep skin clear and healthy.

Some people have even found cajeput oil to be an anti-inflammatory that helps to reduce redness and inflammation in the skin, however this is less well-established.

It can relieve pain.

Cajeput oil is occasionally used in dentistry to help relieve pain in the gums after surgery, and some people recommend it as an effective treatment for menstrual cramps. Not only is cajeput oil good at cleaning the skin around painful areas, but in slightly stronger concentrations it can help to distract the body from the feeling of pain and reduce the sensation. This is due to a component in cajeput oil called cineol which creates a feeling of warmth on the skin, similar to a mild irritation, that distracts from the pain beneath. However, cineol can be irritating for some sensitive skin types, and so cajeput oil should always be patch tested before being used for pain relief.

It clears sinuses.

Cajeput oil is related to tea tree, and so shares its expectorant properties. Used as an ingredient in many leading decongestant products, cajeput has the ability to shift mucus blocking respiratory tracts and so clear airways, fighting symptoms of many respiratory conditions. Inhaling cajeput oil is a great way to aid easier breathing and battle cough or cold symptoms.

It repels insects.

Popular in its native Australia for battling pests, cajeput oil is a known insect repellent. It can naturally repel bugs such as mosquitos, and helps to protect the skin from bites. Some people have also found it useful for relieving symptoms of itching around bug bites and soothing the skin.

    Cajeput oil is a great alternative to oils such as eucalyptus and tea tree. Its unique pain-relieving properties and potent expectorant abilities make it a useful addition to any medicine cabinet.

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