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Melaleuca cajeputi Cajeput Myrtaceae
Cajeput is a small tree with a tolerably erect but crooked trunk; a soft, thick, spongy, whitish, ash-colored bark; and scattered branches, with the slender twigs often drooping as completely as in the weeping willow (Salix Babylonica). The leaves are alternate, most frequently vertical, short-stalked, narrow- lanceolate, while young, sericeous, sometimes slightly falcate, entire, from 3 to 5 inches long, and from 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch broad; and very aromatic when bruised.

Country of Origin: Indonesia
Extraction Method: Steam distilled from the tree, leaves and twigs
It uniquely has a flexible body with milklike, spongelike bark that chips away easily. Traditionally cajeput in the due east is utilised for common cold*, worries, septic sore throat*, toothache, sore and painful muscles, feverishness, atrophic arthritis and varied disease of the skin. It was utilised in the herbal tradition to develop a sense of warmness and speedup of the heart rate. Native peoples utilised it for prolonged laryngitis and bronchitis, cystitis, rheumatoid arthritis and to release ringworms.

Nowadays we note cajeput to have bactericide, antiparasitic, spasmolytic, anti-inflammatory drug and analgetic attributes. It is utilized as pharynx, lung, and venous sinus contagions, for urinary tract contagions, coughings, and intestinal troubles.

Chemical Constituents
Terpineol (Alcohol), Benzaldehyde (Aldyhyde), Cineole (Ketone), Dipentene, Limonene, Pinene (Terpenes).