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Cajeput essential oil (Melaleluca cajeputi)

By Ann C Wooledge
on August 17, 2011

Cajeput (Melaleuca cajeputi), also known as Melaleuca leucadendron
Family - Myrtaceae
Steam distilled - leaves and twigs

 

Typical chemical constituents include a-pinene, limonene, with principle constituent of 1,8-cineole. The following properties, benefits and safety information are reported in current literature and research:

Gastrointestinal: Reported to be good for toothaches, it is antiseptic and good for the colon, gastroenteritis or hemorrhoids. It has been used to expel intestinal worms, such as roundworms.

Immune System: Reported to be good for colds, fever, viral infections. The literature reveals that it has been used for cholera and malaria, and has antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Studies revealed that Cajeput was effective against 24 different varieties of fungal species (Dubey, Kishore & Singh 1983).

Urinary: Has been used to treat cystitis and is generally antiseptic for the urinary system.

Skin/Dermatological: This oil has been used successfully for various skin disorders including psoriasis, varicose veins and oily skin. It is documented to be an effective insect repellent specifically for mosquitoes, lice and fleas. It also has been shown to bring relief for insect bites. However, this oil must be diluted sufficiently as it can irritate the skin in high concentrations.

Musculoskeletal: Reported to be very effective in relieving sore muscles and rheumatism.

Central Nervous System: Used successfully for headaches, and is reported to be antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-neuralgic, and diaphoretic. Reported to be stimulating to the mind and helpful for mental fatigue. Battaglia, in his classic book, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, reports that it "helps clear thoughts and dissipates sluggish feelings."

Respiratory: A particularly good oil to include in a blend for asthma, due to its antispasmodic properties and its history of being used for colds, flu's and other bronchial issues. See our Breathe Easy blend.

Safety/Cautions: From my research, it appears that this oil is non-toxic and nonsensitizing; however, may irritate skin if used in high concentrations. One should use care and caution during pregnancy, which is something we advise for most essential oils.

IMPORTANT: All of our products are for external use only.

We also suggest you have a good working knowledge of the use of essential oils or consult with an aromatherapy professional prior to use. In addition, Essential Oils must be properly diluted before use in order to avoid any damages to property or adverse physical effects (including injury or bodily harm). Please read our Disclaimer before using our products.

Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum basilicum)

By Ann C Wooledge
on February 15, 2011

Basil essential oil 

sweet basil essential oil and herb 

According to available literature and research available this essential oil has the properties as listed below:

As mentioned in the "short" version, this particular essential oil has many different chemotypes and they do have somewhat differing properties.  Oils distilled from this plant are mainly of two chemotypes, Linalool and Methyl Chavicol. The Linalool is mostly considered to be more "therapeutic"; however, our experience is that it depends on your desired results. We like the Methyl Chavicol more as an insect repellent but there are some indications that this chemical constituent might carry some carcinogenic risks. The chemotype we offer on our website is Linalool. We, however, are not including essential oil chemistry in our on-line essential oil database as we believe that information should be studied in depth and not just lightly mentioned. We do offer in-depth discussions of chemotypes and chemical constituents in our classes for those who want to become more educated in this area.

Emotional & Central Nervous System: Mental stimulant, restorative, antispasmotic , useful for metal fatigue (see our Stay Awake™ blend), nervous insomnia, anxiety, essentially (pun intended!) a tonic for the adrenal cortex. Reported to be one of the best aromatics to be used as a nerve tonic, very uplifting and an antidepressant, our research has shown that it also helps with migraines. Basil is known to “strengthen memory” and “sharpen intellect”, which is why we recommend our Stay Awake™ blend for truck drivers and all college students. You can read my personal testimony under the information about our Stay Awake blend, but suffice it to say, basil essential oil is a neurotonic.

Respiratory: Reported to alleviate whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Basil is also useful for sinus congestion, colds, fever or infectious diseases such as the flu and can be used as an expectorant.

Gastrointestinal: Used to relieve flatulence, dyspepsia, travel sickness or abdominal cramps as well as hiccups.

Urinary: As it is anti-infectious, basil has been used to relieve urinary tract infections.

Reproductive System: Basil is reported in the literature to be an emmenagogue, which means stimulates menstrual flow or blood flow in the pelvic area. Basil also has been reported to be galactagogue, which is anything that stimulates or excites lactation or otherwise known as milk flow.

Musculoskeletal System: Basil essential oil is very good for tired and overworked muscles, especially after a particular difficult run, workout or good day in the garden. It is reported to improve blood circulation and decrease rheumatic pain.

Immune System: Basil has been reported to be anti-infectious, antiseptic and antiviral, being especially helpful for hepatitis A & B. See our Immune Enhancer blend. See a research abstract reference below.

Skin/Dermatological System: Useful to relieve effects of wasp stings and snake bites if used quickly. It is also a well-known insect repellent and used to relieve pain from insect bites in general. Appears to be particularly effective in repelling flies.

Can cause skin irritation if not diluted properly. Use sparingly and with caution.  Avoid during pregnancy or hepatic (liver) disease. There are many different varieties of basil, the one we offer here is higher in the constituent linalool which is thought to be more therapeutic, soothing and uplifting. There are varieties that are high in methyl chavicol which in high doses may be carcinogenic.

IMPORTANT: All of our products are for external use only.

We also suggest you have a good working knowledge of the use of essential oils or consult with an aromatherapy professional prior to use. In addition, Essential Oils must be properly diluted before use in order to avoid any damages to property or adverse physical effects (including injury or bodily harm). Please read our Disclaimer before using our products.

Chiang LC, Ng LT, Cheng PW et al (2005) Antiviral activities of extracts and selected pure constituents of Ocimum basilicum. Clinical & Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology 32:811-816

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