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Cajeput Essential Oil

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.

Cajeput Essential Oil

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 Essential Oil Uses

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Coughs
  • Muscle Aches
  • Oily Skin
  • Rheumatism
  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat
  • Spots

Source: Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 56-57.

Major Constituents

  • 1,8-Cineole
  • a-Terpineol
  • p-Cymene
  • Terpinolene
  • Gamma-Terpinene
  • (+)-Limonene
  • Linalool
  • a-Pinene

See Essential Oil Safety for a more complete list of typical constituents.

Source: 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.

Cajeput Essential Oil 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.]

General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Shelf Life

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