Cajeput Essential Oil
Cajeput Essential 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 Essential Oil is quite campherous but possesses a fresh, uplifting, fruity quality.
Melaleuca leucadendron / Melaleuca cajuputi
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Clear with a Yellow Tinge
Strength of Initial Aroma
Fresh, campherous aroma with a fruity note.
Cajeput Essential 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.]
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.]
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.]
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