Indonesia is one of the largest producers of cajeput oil and is also the largest consumers.
Produced by steam distillation from the leaves of the Myrtaceous tree, it also goes by the botanical name Melaleuca leucadendra. It can be found close to shorelines on the island of Pulau Buru in Maluku and in some parts of Central Java.
Primarily used in massage oils, it is also used for its remedial qualities in treating stomach aches, common cold, nausea and insect bites. More than 90% of the oil produced is consumed locally by the pharma industry.
Cajeput is Indonesia's answer to China's Eucalyptus. Both used across similar applications cajeput is also common in other South East Asian countries.
Indonesia produces around 325 - 350 MT per annum, making it one of Indonesia's largest produced essential oils by volume. Cajeput trees are evergreen and can reach up to 30 meters in height. They usually have a whitish, spongy bark with a crooked trunk.
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Indonesia has stepped up its export of cajeput but this has not affected the production in any way. On the contrary, production of cajeput oil has increased in recent times and holds promise of further improvement. The oil has extensive use in traditional and local medicine, the main reason behind its strong domestic demand. Unlike with some other producers the AAI quality has remained good and consistent during testing times when there were challenges in sourcing the oil. Today the exchange rates are affecting prices, but the market is hoping that rates will even out soon.
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