Botanical Name: Melaleuca leucadendron
Country of Origin: Australia
Plant Part: Leaf
Distillation Method: Steam
Also known as 'White Tea Tree', 'White Wood' and 'Paperbark tree', the Cajeput tree can grow up to 30 meters in height and is native to Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Java and Australia. Several other varieties of Melaleuca are cultivated for the production of Cajeput essential oil such as Melaleuca quinquenervia, a varietal found in more tropical climates. Relatives in the Melaleuca family include Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Clove and Niaouli.
About the Oil
This essential oil is derived from steam-distilled leaves of organically cultivated Australian Cajeput trees.
This Cajeput essential oil has a very similar aroma to that of our Australian Eucalyptus; the difference being that the Cajeput is less full-bodied and has softer fruit notes.
The eastern medical community uses Cajeput oil to treat colds, headaches, infections of the throat and toothaches. It has also been long known for its ability to soothe aching muscles, bring down fevers and cure rheumatism.
In the Western medical community, Cajeput essential oil has been used to cure laryngitis, bronchitis and cystitis and to expel roundworms.
Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature
Analgesic (mild), Antimicrobial, Antieualgic, Antispasmodic, Antiseptic, Anthelmintic, Diaphoretic, Carminative, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Insecticide, Sudorific.
- Relieves itching due to insect bites
- Balances oily skin
- Lightens dermal spotting
Muscles and Joints
- Quells pain from arthritis
- Soothes muscular aches and pains
- Boosts immune system function
- Combats viral infections
- Loosens and expels phlegm and mucous from the lungs
- Quells persistent coughs
- Treats sinusitis
- Soothes and treats sore throats
- Can treat urinary infections and cystitis
Application and Use
Due to its mild analgesic properties, this oil can be used topically in a carrier oil for massage of sore and aching muscle. Other topical applications include oral or epidermal use in higher concentrations as an antiseptic.
It can be ingested in lozenge form to soothe sore throats or in water dilution to aid relief of respiratory and urinary infections and to loosen chest or lung congestion.
Safety Cajeput essential oil is non-toxic and a relative non-irritant. Caution should be used when using this oil for antiseptic properties as in higher concentrations it may cause irritation. As with all essential oils that can be ingested, a proper ratio dilution is suggested. Consultation with a naturopathic doctor is recommended for treatment of viral infections or intended long-term use.