A small to medium (10 - 12 meters) vigorous, evergreen growing tree, with a whitish spongy bark atop a normally crooked, flexible trunk, and tipped with exotic aromatic white flowers. Distribution of the tree and slight variants concentrates in Northern Australia then spreads through Malesia to South East Asia.
The essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves, which are collected from the wild all year round. A relative of Australian Tea Tree, Cajeput has many similar properties. With a penetrating camphorous-medicinal odour similar to Eucalyptus, but slightly milder with a fruity touch.
Beneficial attributes such as antiseptic and disinfectant qualities - it has traditionally been used to treat colds, flu and joint pain, and to help prevent the spread of infection. It calms the digestive system, soothes colic, dysentery, vomiting and spasms. May also aid in skin problems, such as acne and psoriasis. It is also helpful with insect repellency. Helps to balance the mind by clearing thoughts, stimulating the mind and dispelling the feeling of sluggishness.
Commonly used in the form of massage & inhalation, as it's regarded as warming and relieving. Used as a fragrance and freshening agent in soaps, cosmetics and perfumes.
Safety Precautions : Flammable. May cause skin irritation in some. Use in moderation.
Blends well with : Angelica, Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cloves, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Juniperberry, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Pine, Rosemary, Thyme, Ylang Ylang and Spice oils.
FACT : A well-known trait for M. cajeputi, is its ability to tolerate forest fires, and to regenerate with fire induced release of seed afterwards. There are many recorded domestic uses such as water repellent roofing material, boat building - like rafts and canoes, bandages, blankets, shields, even baby slings and body wraps for burial ceremonies. Again, a popular tree to use for Honey-bees in N. Australia and Vietnam. Though, not to be confused in Florida for Honey-bee production, using M. quinquenervia and which is fast becoming a major woody-weed nuisance in the Everglades.