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Cajeput (Melaleuca leucadendron) Essential Oil


Cajeput essential oil

Melaleuca cajeput, undiluted, wild-crafted essential oil

Country of Origin – Australia
Family - Myrtaceae
Steam distilled - leaves, organic

10 and 15 mL size. in amber glass bottle with safety dropper cap.

According to the published literature, the following properties are attributed to this particular essential oil. For more detailed information, please see our blue tabs below. For an in-depth discussion of the benefits and properties of Melaleuca leucadendron, also known as cajeput, please visit our Essential Oil Database.

  • Antiseptic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Broad spectrum anti fungal
  • Expectorant
  • Expels worms
  • Insecticide
  • Insect bites or stings
  • Aching muscles
  • Oily skin, acne (properly diluted)
  • Good for mental fatigue
  • Antispasmodic
  • Analgesic, especially nerve pain
  • Topically produces increased dilation of capillaries and blood circulation 


DESCRIPTION: Melaleuca leucadendron = cajeputi – would be the another name for this oil. Cajeput, or Caju-puti, as it is called in Malaysia means white wood, since it’s wood is – well – white. This particular oil is steam distilled from fresh leaves and twigs of the paperbark tree. This oil is penetrating, a bit camphorous with a slightly medicinal odor, not unlike and related to other members of the Melaleuca group, such as eucaplytus, clove, niaouli and the familiar tea tree. Valued for is medicinal properties, the leaves of this tree are used by the indigenous population for respiratory and muscular problems.

In Europe the oil is used in herbal medicines for its warming properties. This oil is occasionally used as a flavor component in food products and soft drinks. It has also been used as a freshening fragrance in soaps, detergents, cosmetics and some perfumes.


INGREDIENTS: 100% pure essential oil, not diluted nor adulterated in any way. USAGE/SAFETY:

Cajeput (Melaleuca cajeput), also known as Melaleuca leucadendron

Family - Myrtaceae

Steam distilled - organic leaves

For an in-depth discussion of the properties and benefits of this Cajeput essential oil, please visit our growing Essential Oil Database. Cajeput was not one of the oils in my original aromatherapy certification class, so it was a few years before I actually became acquainted with it. I love it now for so many reasons. It has the same familiar aroma to me as our Stay Awake Blend, which is a blend of Rosemary, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint. I could have just used Cajeput! It has been described as penetrating, camphorous and medicinal. I don't think medicinal, but that is such a subjective term. I will be making a soap with it after testing a little bit more.

Cajeput essential oil is distilled from the fresh leaves and twigs of the paperbark tree according to most sources. It has a long history of being used successfully to combat colds, flu and chronic arthritis. It was apparently also prescribed for cholera. It has been said that this particular oil would be the one to grab for immediately at the onset of any respiratory infections accompanied with aches, pains, chills and congestion. I usually know when my immune system is fighting off a "bug" when I get a sore, scratchy throat. I've found that our Cold & Flu blend with some raw honey has always, and I do seriously mean always, stopped it in its tracks. I would imagine that cajeput alone would do the same thing. It contains a high percentage (although in the literature there was a wide range of "typical" chemical constituents for this essential oil, particularly in the amount of 1,8-cineole.) We can assume though that it consists mainly of 1,8-cineole, followed by a-pinene and b-pinene. The other amazing property of this Cajeput essential oil is it's ability to clear the mind and, therefore, I think would be a wonderful oil to put in your diffuser or your nasal inhalers (coming soon to Wingsets).


 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.

IMPORTANT: All of our products are for external use only unless you are consulting with the appropriate and qualified medical professional. We also suggest you have a good working knowledge of the use of essential oils or consult with an aromatherapy professional prior to use. In addition, Essential Oils must be properly diluted before use in order to avoid any damages to property or adverse physical effects (including injury or bodily harm). Please read our Disclaimer before using our products.

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