Cajeput (Melaleuca cajeputi), also known as Melaleuca leucadendron
Family - Myrtaceae
Steam distilled - leaves and twigs


Typical chemical constituents include a-pinene, limonene, with principle constituent of 1,8-cineole. The following properties, benefits and safety information are reported in current literature and research:

Gastrointestinal: Reported to be good for toothaches, it is antiseptic and good for the colon, gastroenteritis or hemorrhoids. It has been used to expel intestinal worms, such as roundworms.

Immune System: Reported to be good for colds, fever, viral infections. The literature reveals that it has been used for cholera and malaria, and has antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Studies revealed that Cajeput was effective against 24 different varieties of fungal species (Dubey, Kishore & Singh 1983).

Urinary: Has been used to treat cystitis and is generally antiseptic for the urinary system.

Skin/Dermatological: This oil has been used successfully for various skin disorders including psoriasis, varicose veins and oily skin. It is documented to be an effective insect repellent specifically for mosquitoes, lice and fleas. It also has been shown to bring relief for insect bites. However, this oil must be diluted sufficiently as it can irritate the skin in high concentrations.

Musculoskeletal: Reported to be very effective in relieving sore muscles and rheumatism.

Central Nervous System: Used successfully for headaches, and is reported to be antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-neuralgic, and diaphoretic. Reported to be stimulating to the mind and helpful for mental fatigue. Battaglia, in his classic book, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, reports that it "helps clear thoughts and dissipates sluggish feelings."

Respiratory: A particularly good oil to include in a blend for asthma, due to its antispasmodic properties and its history of being used for colds, flu's and other bronchial issues. See our Breathe Easy blend.

Safety/Cautions: From my research, it appears that this oil is non-toxic and nonsensitizing; however, may irritate skin if used in high concentrations. One should use care and caution during pregnancy, which is something we advise for most essential oils.

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