Cajeput, a cousin of the Tea tree, grows in the seasonally inundated, swampy areas of Malaysia. In allusion to the colour of its bark it is sometimes known as White Tea tree. Locally it is considered a cure all a whole apothecary in a tree, especially valued by those who have limited access to other remedies. It is somewhat milder and less overpowering than Tea tree oil, but can be used in much the same way. It is one of the chief ingredients in Oil of Olbas and Tiger Balm.
Cajuput is particularly useful for all afflictions of the upper respiratory tract and can be employed as an inhalant or, diluted, as a chest rub. It clears nasal and bronchial congestion and is useful for asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis and viral infections. It is also used to treat muscle aches and rheumatic pains. It is insect repellent and relieves the itch of insect bites. Blended with apricot oil it soothes sunburns. It should not be used at bedtime as it acts as a stimulant and raises the pulse.
Cajuput is an excellent purifying oil that can get rid of all kinds of intruding energies. It can be used for cleaning ritual objects and may help protect against negative influences. It can assist the breaking of compulsive habits by focusing mind and willpower.
A mild, camphor-like, slightly 'green' scent, not as pungent as camphor or tea tree. Blends well with Bergamot, Cardamom, Clove, Geranium, Lavender and Myrtle.