Cajeput oil is a common name and it belongs to genus Melaleuca. Its other names are paperbark tree, punk tree and are also known as white bark tree because of characteristic white bark. Cajeput trees are source of cajeput oil which is obtained from leaves & twigs of the tree. It is erect or spreading with low canopy & has evergreen foliage, it is drought tolerant, and flowers in summer or fall which are either pink, purple or yellow. Fruit is brown or Gray capsule.
Australian people often use cajeput tree bark for shields, canones, roofing material & timber.
Cajeput oil is a volatile oil obtained by steam distillation of leaves & twigs of cajeput tree.
It is extremely pungent & has odor of turpentine & camphor.
Its main components are cineol, terpenol, a-pinene, & Limonene.
It is used to treat colds, Headaches, Toothaches & tumors.
It is used for fungal infection of skin.
It is used treat joint pains.
It is also used for flavoring.
It has analgesic, antiseptic, & insecticidal properties.
It helps in easing breathing difficulties.
It is used in perfumery.
It is used as fragrance.
It is used in Ayurvedic medicine.
It is used as ingredient in inhalants / decongestants.
It is used as an ingredient in creams used for topical pains / inflammation remedies.
It is used in Aromatherapy.
SAFETY & PRECAUTIONS
It should be never applied to skin without diluting because it can cause skin irritations.