(also known as White Tea Tree oil)
Plant Origin: Australia
Method: Steam distilled leaves/twigs
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Oxide
Aroma: Eucalyptus-like and camphoraceous
Note (Evaporation Rate): Middle
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: Lot# CAJ-103
Children? Do not apply on or near the face of infants or young children. See Safety information below for more detailed information.
Cajeput essential oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Aches and pains
Fungal, vaginal yeast, ringworm, athlete’s foot
Infections (bacterial and viral)
Insect bites, mosquitoes, lice, fleas, ants
Malaria (In New Guinea, Cajeput is used to ease)
Muscles, sore, aching
Parasite-induced skin problems
Skin, acne, minor burns, eczema, psoriasis, scabies, tones
Throat, sore, tonsils
Urinary Track Infection (UTI)
Vaginal Yeast infection
(See Essential Oil Usage
for more information and a dilution chart
CAUTION: Do not use use on or near the face of a baby or young child. See safety information at the bottom of the page.
Dilute with a carrier oil
, unscented lotion
or unscented cream
and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator
for ease of application of prediluted oil. When tested at 4% on 25 volunteers, it was not irritating or sensitizing (Tisserand/Young).
or use a personal Nasal Inhaler
Cajeput is suitable for internal use within safe parameters, if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French aromatherapy" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application. Click here for information about internal usage.
Price notes that Cajeput can be used internally as a carminative and externally as a rubefacient. A drop may be gargled for throat issues.
The following anecdotal testimonies have not been reviewed by the FDA.
The products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure disease.
Information shared on the HEO website is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice given by your trusted health care provider.
We believe that essential oils are provided by the Lord to support our health and well-being.
The Lord is our wisdom, protector and healer.
(Genesis 1:29-30, Ezekiel 47:12)
1. I just had to tell you about our wonderful experience with Cajeput!! I have been using it for my acne with amazing results - I also put it on my legs every night because I've been having horrible Charley Horses since the doctor put me on a new medicine. But with the cajeput, I haven't had them anymore. Last night, I hit my knee really hard into the corner of an old CRT computer monitor - It hurt really bad, and I had a small knot with a bluish tint within 30 minutes. I put some Cajeput on it, and within seconds the pain stopped. Within minutes, I was able to cover my leg with the sheet, and even though it was touching my knee - it didn't hurt me. When I woke up, the swelling was GONE. It is only painful if I push on it (I know - why would I do that?) :), and even the color looks better. I have applied more Cajeput, but I'm having trouble telling exactly where the injury was! I wrote my mom about it in an email, which helped her out because she tripped on the kitchen rug and fell on her knees, elbows and face. She remembered what I said and immediately put Cajeput on it, and the pain ended immediately! WONDERFUL STUFF!!! :) - C.S.
2. Cajeput is MIRACLE STUFF!!!! I use it for almost EVERYTHING! - Pam C.
3. Two years after my last pregnancy I still had some varicose veins on one leg-on my shin and behind my knee. While they didn't bulge out, they were still quite vivid and noticeable. I have been applying Cajeput generously with a carrier oil for about one month; sometimes twice a day, sometimes once a day or not at all. Even without diligently applying it, they are barely visible! I am now faithfully applying it twice a day to be ready for summer. This is one more example of essential oils helping my family in a real way, and I am thankful for HEO's information and the availability of so many oils. - Erin
CAUTION for Children: Essential oils high in 1,8-cineole (Eucalyptus) or menthol (Peppermint) can cause CNS and breathing problems in young children, and should not be applied to or near their faces under ten years of age (Tisserand, pages 656-657, 273). Tisserand writes: "Any oil with 40% or more 1,8-cineole should not be applied to the face of infants or children or otherwise inhaled by them" (page 109). Appropriately diluted for the child, Cajeput will fall well-within the range of safe use, as it would contain far less than 40% 1,8-cineole. Regarding inhalation/diffusing, Tisserand writes: "For children of 5 years old or less, direct inhalation should be avoided. Direct inhalation includes inhaling essential oils from the hands, a cotton ball, a nasal inhaler, a bowl of hot water or similar. Indirect, or ambient inhalation, is safe for young children, and includes any method that vaporizes essential oils into the air (page 658).”
Cajeput is non-toxic and non-sensitizing (at 4% dilution according to Price and Tisserand/Young).
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2002, pages 172-173.
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Price, Shirley and Len, Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Third Edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2008, page 436.
Rose, J, 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols, Frog Ltd, 1999.
Purchon, Nerys; Cantele, Lora, Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, 2014, pages 41-42.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, pages 223-224 and pages 108-109.
Wildwood, Chrissie, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy, Bloomsbury Publishing, 1996, 256-257.
Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, New World Library, 2016, 572-573.