Cajeput essential oil has an absolutely wonderful stimulating aroma, like a slightly fruity Eucalyptus. The oil seems to combine many of the traits of Tea Tree and Eucalyptus in one.
Traditional use has been for the prevention and treatment of colds and flu. Similar to Eucalyptus, it may jump start the immune system, and can be an excellent addition to blends and practices for preventing bronchial or sinus-related illnesses.
According to Battaglia, in the Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, "Cajeput has long been used in Malaysia and Indonesia for its therapeutic values. It was considered particularly valuable for colds, flus and chronic rheumatism and was prescribed for cholera."
Cajeput essential oil makes an excellent addition to massage blends both for sports and for arthritic and rheumatic applications. It has moderate warming properties, and is noted as an analgesic. It may be supportive for neuralgia, gout, sciatica, lumbago, muscles stiffness and general aches and pains.
For cold care: Similar to Eucalyptus, Cajeput can be used in a steam inhalation preparation, supporting clearing of the sinus and nasal passages. The potential pain-relieving action may support relief from a sore throat, and may generally assist in clearing up mucus from the bronchial passages.