All About Cajeput
High in 1,8-cineole, like eucalyptus, cajeput is known for its antimicrobial properties. It has also been used for respiratory ailments, as a big repellent, and insecticide.
Limited research is available on the therapeutic capabilities of cajeput. In vitro studies have demonstrated antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and andioxidant capabilities. One human study has shown repellent action. Another small human study indicated that the aromas cajeput combined with ylang ylang had a sedative effect on participants. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
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Cajeput Herb and Essential Oil
Latin Name: Melaleuca leucadendron var. cajuputi
- Other common names: Cajuput, paperbark tree, punk tree, swamp tea tree, white tea tree, white wood, cajeputier, kajuput, weeping tree
- Other Latin names: Melaleuca cajuputi Powell, Melaleuca viridiflora (Sol. ex Gaertn.), Melaleuca minor (Sm.)
Cajeput is in the same family with eucalyptus, tea tree, and naiouli. The tree has papery bark and cream colored flowers. Oil comes from the leaves and twigs of young trees found in Indonesia, the Phillippines, the Moluccas Islands, and Malaya.
Essential Oil Description
Oil is thin and watery, with a pale yellowish, green, or colorless hue. The aroma is camphorous, uplifting, and rosemary like.
- 1,8-cineole / Cineole / Eucalyptol / Cajeputol
- Pinene / Alpha Pinene / Delta Pinene / Beta Pinene
- Linalool / Beta Linalool / Linalyl Alcohol / Linalyl Oxide
- d-Limonene / Limonene / Dipentene
- Terpineol (alpha, beta, or gamma) / Terpinen-4-ol / Terpinolene
- Cymene / Paracymene
- Caryophyllene / Beta-Caryophyllene / Alpha-Caryophyllene / Humulene / Alpha-Humulene
- Terpinene / Alpha Terpinene / Gamma Terpinene
- Eudesmol / -Beta Eudesmol