Cajeput Essential Oil

Melaleuca Leucadendra

Cajeput Essential Oil has been used throughout East Asia for treating colds and infections, sore muscles, arthritis, rheumatism and various skin conditions. 

It has been used in dentistry; in aromatherapy for emotional balance; in areas of respiration, circulation, digestion, pain relief and healing. 

It can be inhaled, consumed or used as a fragrance in soaps cosmetics and perfumes. It has even been used for flavoring in foods and soft drinks.

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What is Cajeput Essential Oil?

Let's start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

This is a book that I highly recommend by the way.

About Cajeput Essential Oil

Family:  Myrtaceae
Origins:  Grows wild throughout tropical Southeast Asia
Other Names:  White tea tree, white wood, swamp tea tree, punk tree, paperbark tree. Melaleuca leucadendron L. Var cajuputi and Melaleuca cajeputii are the same.
Description:  A tall evergreen with spongy, flaky white bark, white flowers, and thick pointed leaves. It is in the same family as eucalyptus and tea tree.
Extraction:  Essential oil by steam distillation
Botanical Part Used: Fresh leaves, buds, and twigs

Principal Constituents:  Cineol (65%), terpineol, terpinyl acetate, pinene, nerolidol, and others

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Methods of Application


  • Possible skin sensitivity
  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition
  • Avoid your eyes, mucous membranes and sensitive skin
  • Do not use on babies
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Inhalation may trigger an asthma attack in asthmatics
  • Store in a cold environment away from sunlight
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Internal - Can be taken internally in foods or beverages
  • Dilute - Requires dilution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil
  • Sensitive Skin - Should be used with caution on delicate skin; a carrier oil may be useful

Suggested Uses


Cajeput Essential Oil is known to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation so is well suited for treating rheumatoid arthritis, muscle pains and achy joints.

Add a drop of oil to a lotion or ointment and massage into the area of concern.

Apply a 50:50 blend of Cajeput and a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil.

Add a few drops to a cup of Epsom Salts in a hot bath for a nice relaxing soak.

Other Oils for Arthritis   Main Page - Arthritis Relief


Cajeput Essential Oil can be used to treat hemorrhoids and varicose veins.

Create a 20:80 blend of Cajeput and carrier oil and apply to the area of concern

Other Oils for Circulation   Main Page for Blood Circulation

Cold and Flu

Cajeput Essential Oil can be used to treat colds and as an expectorant to loosen phlegm.

It can provide immediate relief by eliminating mucous in your nose and throat while at the same time alleviating a cough.

see more in the category "Respiration" below.

Other Oils for Cold & Flu   Main Page - Cold & Flu

Digestive System

Cajeput Essential Oil can be used as a great aid to digestion in several areas. 

Cajeput promotes the secretion of natural digestive enzymes which go to work breaking down your food and absorbing the nutrients which it contains. This action serves to prevent indigestion, cramps, dysentery, as well as diarrhea and abdominal pains.

It works as a carminative to inhibit the formation of pain inducing gas as well as to relieve the flatulence that may already be present in your intestines.

It helps to tone and cleanse the urinary tract and digestive system.

It helps prevent or ease digestive muscle spasms.

Add 10 - 15 drops of oil in a cup of Epsom Salts and take a relaxing aromatic bath.

Blend Cajeput 50:50 with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil and apply it to your lower abdomen or wherever needed to relieve spasms or cramps.

Fractionated coconut oil can be replaced with coconut and aloe if you prefer, for a nice soothing massage.

Other Oils for Digestion   Main Page - Digestion Problems

Emotional Balance

Cajeput Essential Oil can be used to reduce brain fog, reduce anxiety, improve concentration, and foster feelings of confidence.

Inhale a few drops off a tissue or use a diffuser.

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The analgesic properties of Cajeput Essential Oil make it useful for treating people with headaches or migraine. 

It can be applied both topically and internally to provide natural pain relief without the risk of damage to your liver which is present in many pharmaceutical remedies available in the market.

Blend Cajeput 50:50 with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil and apply it to your temples and across the forehead.

For headaches caused by a cold or fever internal use is appropriate. Dilute heavily and consume in a gelatin capsule. Use one drop and fill the remainder of the capsule with a carrier oil.

Other Oils for Headache/Migraine

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Antibacterial properties of the Vietnamese cajeput oil and ocimum oil in combination with antibacterial agents.

Cajeput Essential Oil is effective at fighting infections because of its antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

It is also known to assist in rapid healing due to its protective properties.

Apply directly to cuts and wounds to fight off infection. For situations where tetanus may be a threat, Cajeput should protect you until you are able to get to a hospital for a tetanus shot.

Mix with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut in a 50:50 ratio to cover larger areas.

Other Oils for Healing   Main Page Healing Oil

Insect Repellent

Cajeput Essential Oil can work as an insect repellent. Dilute with fractionated coconut and apply to your skin to drive away mosquitoes and other insects.

Cajeput can be applied directly to ease the sting of insect bites.

Other Oils for Insect Repellent


Cajeput Essential Oil has been used in dentistry to relieve gum pain after a tooth has been extracted. It is a known analgesic that can reduce the sensations of pain.

For a toothache or an infection, apply this oil locally to obtain immediate relief.

Other Oils for Mouth

Pain Management

Cajeput Essential Oil has antispasmodic properties which can soothe muscle cramps, reduce inflammation and provide immediate pain relief.

Dilute 50:50 with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or coconut and aloe and massage your muscles after a strenuous workout. This can also be used for arthritis and rheumatism.

For an earache apply three drops undiluted around the outer ear.

note: Never put essential oil into the ear canal.

Respiratory System

Cajeput Essential Oil can be diffused twice daily in order to prevent or overcome many types of respiratory conditions such as:

  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • coughs
  • excess mucous
  • pharyngitis
  • sinusitis
  • sore throat

At the same time apply a 50:50 blend of Cajeput and a carrier oil to your chest and feet.

This blend can also be used to prevent or ease muscle spasms. I suggest massaging the spasm area with fractionated coconut and aloe.

Add 10-15 drops to a cup of Epsom Salts in a nice aromatic bath. 

Before diffusing: Cajeput has high levels of Eucalyptol so asthma and allergy sufferers should first try inhaling a single drop off a tissue to make sure they do not have a reaction to the oil.

Other Oils For Your Respiratory System   Main Page - Respiratory Problems

Skin Treatment

Cajeput Essential Oil has astringent, antibacterial and antiseptic properties which make it an excellent addition to your daily skincare routine.

It works great on oily skin conditions, age spots, fungal infection and blemishes. 

Because it has the ability to tone your skin and provide a radiant glow, Cajeput is often used in commercial cosmetics and antiseptic creams.

Dilute a couple drops of Cajeput essential oil in a carrier oil such as aloe and coconut and apply to your skin.

Other Oils for Your Skin   Main Page - Skin Treatment

Combine With Other Oils

Cajeput Essential Oil blends well with: 

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