Cajuput Essential Oil
Latin name: Melaleuca cajeputi
Synonyms: White tea tree, white wood, swamp tea tree, punk tree, paper-bark tree.
Plant family: Myrtaceae
Extraction: Steam distillation from fresh leaves and twigs
Origin: Malaysia, Indonesia, Phillippines, Vietnam, Java, Australia & South eastern Asia.
Plant characteristics: Tall evergreen tree up to 30 meters high, with thick pointed leaves and white flowers. The trunk is flexible with a whitish spongy bark which flakes off easily. In Malaysia it is called ‘Caju-puti’, meaning ‘white wood’, due to the colour of the timber.
Cajuput Essential Oil characteristics: A pale yellowy-green, mobile liquid (the green tinge derives from traces of copper found in the tree), with a penetrating, camphoraceous-medicinal odour. Compared to the Eucalyptus oil but with a slightly milder fruity body note.
Traditional use: Used in the East for colds, headaches, throat infections, toothache, sore and aching muscles. The oil was used in the west traditionally for producing a sensation of warmth and quickening the pulse.
Cautions and comments: Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, may irritate the skin in high concentration.
Main chemical constituents: Cineol (14-65 % depending on source), terpineol, terpinyl acetate, pinene, nerolidol.
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.