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General Properties of Cajaput Essential Oil

  • analgesic
  • antineuralgic
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • balancing
  • carminative
  • decongestant
  • expectorant
  • stimulant

Origin: Indonesia. Steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the tree. Top note.

Description of Cajaput Essential Oil

Cajuput essential oil comes from a tree. Its leaves and twigs are steam distilled to create an essential oil that is yellowish-green in color. Some of the countries that produce Cajaput essential oil are Malaysia and several far Eastern countries. It is also known as white Tea Tree and "kaju-puti" means "white wood".

Cajuput essential oil belongs to the melaleuca group which includes all the eucalyptus essential oils, clove essential oil and myrtle essential oil. The main property shared by all members of this essential oil family is their ability to combat, and sometimes even prevent, infection. Its active principles are cineol (between 45% and 65%) with terpineol, pinene and other aldehydes.

Because of its penetrating camphor-like aroma, Cajaput essential oil is also used with excellent results when dealing with bronchitis and tuberculosis, or any issues surrounding the lungs. This makes it great to use in steam inhalations.

Cajaput essential oil has a history of being used as an insecticide and parasiticide, particularly to repel lice and fleas.

Specific Cautions for Cajaput Essential Oil

In large amounts, cajaput may cause skin irritation. Avoid in the first trimester of pregnancy.

References about Cajaput Essential Oil

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. (Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications for Cajaput Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Melaleuca cajaputi
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.