Cajuput oil is a volatile oil obtained by distillation from the leaves of the myrtaceous trees Melaleuca leucadendra , Melaleuca cajuputi , and probably other Melaleuca species. The trees yielding the oil are found throughout Maritime Southeast Asia and over the hotter parts of the Australian continent. The majority of the oil is produced on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi . The name “cajeput” is derived from its Indonesian name, “ kayu putih” or “white wood”.
The oil is prepared from leaves collected on a hot dry day, macerated in water, and distilled after fermenting for a night. This oil is extremely pungent, and has the odor of a mixture of turpentine and camphor . It consists mainly of cineol (see terpenes), from which cajuputene, having a hyacinth -like odor, can be obtained by distillation with phosphorus pentoxide . The drug ( clarification needed ) is a typical volatile oil, and is used internally in doses of 2 to 3 minims , for the same purposes as, say, clove oil . It is frequently employed externally as a counterirritant . It is an ingredient in some liniments for sore muscles such as Tiger Balm and Indonesian traditional medicine Minyak Telon .
It is also used as an ingredient in inhalants/decongestants and topical pain/inflammation remedies such as Olbas Oil. The health benefits of Cajuput Essential Oil includes its properties as an antiseptic, cosmetic, bactericidal, insecticide, decongestant, analgesic, expectorant, febrifuge, vermifuge, anti-spasmodic, anti-neuralgic, carminative, stimulant, tonic, sudorific, and emenagogue substance.
Cajuput essential oil is extracted from the twigs and leaves of the Cajuput tree. The scientific name of the Cajuput tree is Melaleuca Cajuputi. The chief components of Cajuput Oil are Caryophyllene, Alpha Pinene, Beta Pinene, Limonene, Alpha Terpinene, Alpha Terpineol, Gamma Terpinene, Terpinolene, Terpineol, Cineole, Cymene, Linalool, and Myrcene. The process of extracting Cajuput Oil involves steam distillation of its twigs and leaves, which is quite similar to that of extracting Eucalyptus Oil.