Cajeput comes from the cajeput tree, also known as melaleuca cajeputi (cajuputi), and in common terms as white wood or weeping paperback. The oil is created from a steam distillation of the leaves and twigs and has a long history of use in the Far East.
Cajeput (Cajuput) has seen widespread herbal use as a digestive aid, an antibacterial agent , antifungal, and antiviral. Cajeput has been used to clear congestion in colds and sinus infections. Topically, cajeput has been used as a local pain reliever and to relieve rheumatism, stiff joints, sprains, neuralgia, and migraines. It is also an anthelmintic and anti-parasitic agent for roundworms, scabies and pediculosis[4,5].
Recently cajuput oil has also been used as adjuvant for the treatment of osteomyelitis with very favorable results. Cajeput performed well in Petri dish tests by creating barrier inhibition zones against multiple staphylococcus azueus, E. coli, and pseudomonas oeruginosa strains. The study also stated that the use of cajeput oil fractions for external treatment of purulent lesions to be promising.
Battle Balm® contains 100% Certified Organic Cajeput as one of its 20 key ingredients. It’s been used for treatment of many physical ailments: arthritis, muscle pain, spasms. It's been clinically tested to show resistance to staph, e. coli, and pseudomonas bacterias as well as resistance to certain parasites and worms. This herbal ingredient is part of the synergistic blend to help Battle Balm® knock out the competition!
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- http://www.answers.com/topic/ligusticum-gaoben (Pharmacology & Biological Activities of Cajeput Oil)
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- Nguyen, D.C, Truong, T.X, Motl, O., Stransky, K., Presslova, J., Jedlickova, Z. and Sery, V. (1994) Antibacterial properties of Vietnamese cajeput oil. J. Essent. Oil. Res., 6, 63-67