Cajeput Essential Oil
Cajeput Essential Oil from Australia is Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil steam distilled from the leaves and twigs.
Closely related to the Tea Tree, Cajeput Essential Oil (Melaleuca leucadendron var. cajuputi) is a towering evergreen tree growing to heights of 100 feet. The trunk is flexible and covered with spongy, white bark which easily flakes off. These characteristics give the Cajeput tree its other names of Paperbark Tree, White Wood, and White Tea Tree.
The Cajeput tree grows wild in parts of Malaysia, Indonesia, the Phillipines, Vietnam, Java, Southwest Asia, and Australia. Our Therapeutic-Quality Cajeput Essential Oil is cultivated in Australia where it is steam-distilled from the tree’s fresh leaves and twigs.
Cajeput Essential Oil is colorless to pale yellow-green and has a camphoraceous aroma which is sharp and penetrating.
Cajeput Essential Oil has the properties of analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antineuralgic, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, diaphoretic, expectorant, febrifuge, rubefacient, and tonic.
In traditional aromatherapy, Cajeput Oil is used for a multitude of skin problems, including oily skin and acne, psoriasis, ringworm (tinea), aging skin and age spots. In addition, it is used for arthritis and rheumatism, gout, cystitis, neuralgia, headaches, for muscle aches and pains, as well as for toothache. Many aromatherapists include Cajeput Essential Oil in blends for issues of the respiratory and immune systems, as in bronchitis, colds, flu, sinusitis, and for sore throat.
Caution: Cajeput Essential Oil is generally non-toxic and non-irritating at low concentrations. However, the undiluted oil can be very stimulating and has been known to produce a warming sensation in the skin and a quickened pulse. As such, undiluted Cajeput Essential Oil should not be used in the bath, at night, or with the very frail, elderly, young children, or the anxious.
In Australia, for aches and pains the Aborigines crush the leaves and twigs of the Cajeput tree and rub them over the body.
While the oil was not commercially produced by Europeans until 1938, Cajeput has a long history of use in Asian folk medicine for colds, headaches, infections of the throat, aches, rheumatism, and for a multitude of diseases of the skin.
- Do not take essential oils internally.
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution, refer to an aromatherapy text).
- The information on this website is not intended to be used in the diagnosis, treatment or mitigation of any physical or mental illness. Essential oils are not drugs and are not appropriate for treatment of illnesses.
- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner.
- The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.