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Cajeput (also known as White Tea Tree oil)
Melaleuca cajuputi

Plant Origin: Australia
Method: Steam distilled leaves/twigs
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Oxide
Aroma: Eucalyptus-like and camphoraceous

Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: Lot# CAJ-102
1,8-cineole 72.24%
limonene 12.30%
para-cymene 7.07%
gamma-terpinene 2.65%
alpha-pinene 1.88%
alpha-terpineol 0.51%
terpinolene 0.15%
linalool 0.04%

Children? Do not use on or near the face of infants or young children. See Safety information below for more detailed information.
Pregnancy/Lactation? No known hazards or contraindications.

Cajeput is traditionally used for colds, flu, nasal and sinus congestion. It is used in liniments for sore muscles (such as Tiger Balm). Cajeput is used as a chest rub to help break up mucus and congestion. Used for headaches, throat infections, toothache, sore and aching muscles, fever, rheumatism, urinary tract infections, genital herpes, hemorrhoids, varicose veins and various skin issues. Cajeput is also beneficial for acne, colic, bruises, earache, eczema, psoriasis, scabies, scurvy, burns, and to fight vaginal yeast infections. It has been used for ringworm, athlete’s foot, insect bites and impetigo. It can be used in water as a gargle to treat laryngitis and bronchitis. In New Guinea, Cajeput is used for malaria.

Analgesic - reduces feeling of pain applied topically for toothache, headache, gout, earache, painful periods, rheumatism, neuralgia, sprains and internally for joints, headaches, muscles

Anti-fungal - possesses a broad range of antifungal activity against 24 fungal species (Price)

Anti-infectious - bronchitis, colds, coughs

Anti-microbial - very good (Price)

Anti-neuralgic -throat, ears, tonsils, base of nose, larynx, pharynx and surrounding areas

Anti-septic - very efficient in fighting infection from bacteria, virus and fungi such as tetanus, influenza, intestines, urinary tract, cystitis, respiratory tract, and infectious diseases such as cholera and typhoid. Can be applied on cuts and wounds from rusty iron to protect against tetanus.

Anti-spasmodic - gastroenteritis, colic

Carminative - restricts formation of gas and helps remove gas already formed in intestines

Decongestant and Expectorant - similar to Eucalyptus oils for respiratory system, nose, throat, coughs, infection and inflammation of throat and respiratory tracts such as laryngitis, pharyngitis and bronchitis, hemorrhoids, varicose veins

Insecticide - efficient in killing and repelling insects such as mosquitoes, lice, fleas and ants, applied topically, diluted to repel insects

Febrifuge - reduces fever by fighting infection, as well as by bringing sweat to cool body

Skin - smooths, brightens, anti-infectious, tones, psoriasis

Stimulant and Sudorific - stimulates organs, warming effect, promotes circulation, activates secretions such as perspiration

Vermifuge - kills intestinal worms if a very mild, diluted water solution is taken, for head lice and pet flea infestations

Application Suggestions (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.

Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil appropriately and apply on location avoiding mucus membranes. When tested at 4% on 25 volunteers, it was not irritating or sensitizing (Tisserand/Young).

Inhalation: Diffuse; directly inhale or use a nasal inhaler.

Internal: 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.

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. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. 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. We’ve not known this to cause 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.
Davis, Patricia, Aromatherapy: An A-Z, 2nd edition, 1999. Essential Oil Desk Reference, Essential Science Publishing, 2009.
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.
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.