CAJEPUT OIL
(Melaleuca leucadendron)

Plant family
Myrtaceae

Synonyms
Cajeput, white tea tree

Description and Distribution
A tall evergreen tree native to Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia and south-eastern Asia.   In the Philippines
‘kajuputi’ means  ‘white wood’ which is indeed the colour of the timber.   Cajeput is closely related to many other trees of the Melaleuca genus,, notably eucalyptus and tea tree.

Nature of the Oil
A pale yellow liquid.   The aroma is camphoraceous with a peppery nuance.   The odour effect is head-clearing and stimulating, followed by a sensation of cold.   

Main Constituents

Cineol, terpineol, pinene, eucalyptol, nerolidol.

Properties
Analgesic, antimicrobial, antineuralgic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, expectorant, febrifugal, insecticidal, sudorific,
Vermifugal.

Aroma therapeutic Uses
Acne, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, stiff joints, respiratory ailments, cystitis, colds and ‘flu.

Cautions
Cajeput Oil has been reported to cause skin irritation.   However, the chance of the occurring is greatly reduced if the rectified oil is used.   Many of the problems associated with cajeput may also be due to the fact that it is often adulterated with substances such as turpentine (highly irritant) and synthetic colourant.   It is essential to obtain the Oil from a reputable supplier who can vouch for its purity.

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