Cajuput oil garners less attention than many other oils, but it can be an important part of an essential oil collection. Once you have a selection of basic oils: citrus, eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, you can branch out to oils that are just as powerful, but not as widely used.
Cajuput oil comes from the myrtaceous tree. This type of tree is found in the warmest areas in Australia and throughout the Malay Peninsula and Archipeligo. The oil in its purest form has an unpleasant odor that smells similar to camphor or turpentine. Cajuput is related to tea tree oil and like tea tree, may be effective for battling staph infections.
In addition to fighting infection and easing muscular aches and pain, cajuput oil is also helpful for healing headaches. It is a strong antiseptic and can be used for treating the common cold and flu. Some people also find it effective for easing bronchitis, laryngitis, and other respiratory problems.
Since cajuput oil is helpful in treating a variety of ailments, it is one of the most versatile oils available. It is considered a medicinal oil and is not usually recommended for those new to essential oils. Though it is unlikely cajuput will cause problems, especially if it is mixed properly with a base oil and ingested in the recommended dosage, it is still a good idea to do your research and be sure you understand the risks associated with the oil. As with all medicinal oils, you may want to work with an experienced aromatherapist until you are familiar with the effects of various oils.