Tea Tree’s Nicer Smelling Cousin


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The scent of Tea Tree can be overly medicinal sometimes. So try experimenting with Cajeput (Melaleuca cajuputi) essential oil, a relative to Tea Tree. It has a camphoraceous aroma but also a fresh, uplifting, and fruity quality. It has similar properties to its cousin but the odor is less harsh and “disinfectant” smelling. It can often be used as a substitute for Tea Tree.

Cajeput is an antiseptic that helps to combat and prevent infection. It is very helpful during cold and flu season, especially when used in a diffuser. If it is well diluted, it can be included in skin preparations. Cajeput can aid in the reduction of asthma, bronchitis, coughs, muscle aches, rheumatism, sinusitis, and sore throat. It also treats insect bites and is a valuable insecticide.

The germ-killing power of Cajeput makes it a good choice in house cleaning preparations. When combined with Oregano and Thyme, it can soften the scent of this antibacterial blend. Use it in an environmental spray or a diffuser, or add it to a surface cleaning spray.

The essential oil of Cajeput is useful in the air, but also down at your feet. As an antifungal, it is a natural for foot problems. The recipe below adds Cypress for sweatiness and Lavender for a nice scent.

Foot Powder
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 drops Cajeput (Melaleuca cajuputi) essential oil
2 drops Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) essential oil
2 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil
Combine cornstarch and essential oils and mix well. Store in an airtight jar.

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