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Cajeput Essential Oil

Cajeput Oil

Cajeput Oil is a must-have oil to keep on hand for cold and flu season, especially for use in the diffuser. When well diluted, it can be used topically, but there is some indication that it may cause skin irritation.

Cajeput (Melaleuca leucadendron) is a relative to Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia).

Aromatically, Cajeput Oil is quite campherous but possesses a fresh, uplifting, fruity quality.

Botanical Name

Melaleuca leucadendron / Melaleuca cajuputi

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Leaves

Color

Clear with a Yellow Tinge

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium

Aromatic Description

Fresh, campherous aroma with a fruity note.

Cajeput Oil Uses: Asthma, bronchitis, coughs, muscle aches, oily skin, rheumatism, sinusitis, sore throat, spots. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 58-63.]

Major Constituents

1,8-Cineole
a-Terpineol
p-Cymene
Terpinolene
Gamma-Terpinene
(+)-Limonene
Linalool
a-Pinene
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.

[O. Motl, J. Hodacova, K. Ubik, Composition of Vietnamese Cajuput Essential Oil. (Flavour Fragrance Journal 5, 1990), 39-42.M.J. Milchard, R. Clery, N. DaCosta, et al. Application of Gas-Liquid Chromatography to the Analysis of Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 29, 2004), 28-36. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 224.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young indicate that due to the 1,8 cineole content, Cajeput Oil may cause CNS and breathing problems in young children. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 224.]

Shelf Life

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