Distilled from the leaves and twigs of a tree in the same family as Tea Tree and Niaouli, Cajeput is also strongly anti-septic and has a camphoraceous aroma.
Unlike its more common relatives, it has a high Cineol content which makes it skin-sensitising for some individuals.
It should not therefore be used in the bath.
Cajeput is a useful addition to steam inhalations to relieve symptoms of colds and other winter chills.
Add six drops to a bowl of just-boiled water, cover the head with a towel and breathe normally for up to ten minutes.
Cajeput is a common ingredient in pharmaceuticals and dentistry as an antiseptic.
For problem skin, try 1 drop of Cajeput blended with 5ml (1 teaspoon) of Jojoba and apply twice daily (provided no skin irritation is experienced).