Cajeput Essential Oil

Botanical Name:
Melaleuca cajuputi
Country of Origin:
Distillation Method:
Certified Organic
Overall Profile
Primary Constituents
alpha terpineol
alpha pinene
gamma terpinene
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Wholesale Certified Organic Cajeput Essential Oil

100% pure Cajeput Essential Oil from Australia. In the same genus as Tea Tree, Cajeput contains the potent antimicrobial constituent terpinen-4-ol as well as 1,8-Cineol, the predominant constituent of Eucalyptus. Ours has a wonderful, bright, fresh aroma. Our Organic Cajeput Essenital Oil is available from sample size up to 1kg or more.


Also known as 'White Tea Tree', 'White Wood' and 'Paperbark tree', the Cajeput tree can grow up to 30 meters in height and is native to Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Java and Australia. Several other varieties of Melaleuca are cultivated for the production of Cajeput essential oil such as Melaleuca quinquenervia, a varietal found in more tropical climates. Relatives in the Melaleuca family include Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Clove and Niaouli.


This essential oil is derived from steam-distilled leaves of Certified Organically cultivated Australian Cajeput trees.

Aromatherapy Notes

This Cajeput essential oil has a very similar aroma to that of our Australian Eucalyptus, the difference being that the Cajeput is less full-bodied and has softer fruit notes.

Traditional Uses

Cajeput is native to Australia and the surrounding islands of oceaniaandwasknown to be used by the Malays and Javanese as a diaphoretic. It was also used in India as a topical application for rheumatism.1 A report from Indian doctor Ram Dhari Sinha, dating back to 1896, mentions that it was “generally known” that ingestion of cajeput acts as a stimulant, sudorific, and antispasmodic. He also travelled around the countryside testing the efficacy of cajeput essential oil against pneumonia “with good results”.2 Cajeput was also known for use in Europe as a stimulant an antispasmodic.1 Other traditional uses of cajeput include migraine, cold, influenza, stomachache, psoriasis, eczema, acne and rheumatism.3

Therapeutic Properties

Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature

From The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy4:

  • Analgesic, Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Expectorant, Insecticidal, Sudorific
  • Head-clearing and stimulating odor effect

From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy5:

  • Reported to have carminative, stimulant, diaphoretic, and antimicrobial activity
  • May be used alleviate fatigue, drowsiness, and restlessness
  • Recommended for treatment of oily skin
  • Described as having a hot, stimulating nature

Cajeput in Research

Medical Applications:

Eucalyptol is one of the primary constituents of cajeput and is responsible for many of its therapeutic properties. Many of these therapeutic properties are related to the respiratory system and studies have shown that it has strong anti-inflammatory activity and is able to reduce the symptoms of even severe asthma.6 Furthermore, studies suggest that eucalyptol may reduce the hypersecretion of mucus in the airway and has potential for long-term use for asthma, as well as sinusitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).7 In addition to reducing respiratory inflammation, eucalyptol has also been shown to relax the contraction of bronchial and vascular smooth muscle that contribute to respiratory distress.8 Evidence suggests that ingesting eucalyptol can have anti-inflammatory activity in the gastrointestinal system as well and may prevent the formation of ulcers. For this reason, researchers cite its “potential value as a dietary flavoring agent”.9 Eucalyptol has also been found to have significant antioxidant activity, protecting against DNA damage.10 In addition to all of these benefits of eucalyptol on its own, it has also been found to increase the absorption of other compounds, such as curcumin, when applied topically.11

Summary of Research Studies:

  • Double-blind, placebo-controlled trial including patients with steroid-dependent severe asthma showed that ingestion of eucalyptol capsules over a 12-week period significantly reduced inflammation and dependence on steroid drugs.6
  • Application of eucalyptol to human cell culture showed significant decrease in the production of cell-signaling proteins that cause inflammation.7
  • Eucalyptol administered to rats significantly decreased the formation and severity of ulcers in the colon.9
  • Eucalyptol applied to human cells had significant antioxidant activity and protected against mutation and damage to DNA.10
  • Because curcumin has been effective in treating multiple skin disorders, researchers tested the effectiveness of solutions of eucalyptol and water in skin absorption of curcumin – they found that the application of eucalyptol significantly increased curcumin delivery. 11

Application and Use


Cajeput essential oil is non-toxic and a relative non-irritant. Caution should be used when using this oil for antiseptic properties as in higher concentrations it may cause irritation. As with all essential oils that can be ingested, a proper ratio dilution is suggested. Consultation with a naturopathic doctor is recommended for targeting of viral infections or intended long-term use.


1 Maiden, Joseph Henry. Forest Flora of New South Wales Volume 1. Government Printer [for] the Forest Department of New South Wales, 1904.

2 Sinha, Ram Dhari. “Cajeput Oil in Pneumonia, with Cases.” The Indian Medical Gazette, vol. 31, no. 12, Dec. 1896, p. 436.

3 Pooja, Arora, et al. “Screening of Plant Essential Oils for Antifungal Activity Against Malassezia Furfur.” International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol. 5, no. 2, 2013.

4 Wildwood, Christine. Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press, 2000.

5 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holysitc Aromatherapy, 2003.6 Juergens, U.R, et al. “Anti-Inflammatory Activity of 1.8-Cineol (Eucalyptol) in Bronchial Asthma: A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial.” Respiratory Medicine, vol. 97, no. 3, 2003, pp. 250–256., doi:10.1053/rmed.2003.1432.

7 Juergens, Uwe R., et al. “Inhibitory Activity of 1,8-Cineol (Eucalyptol) on Cytokine Production in Cultured Human Lymphocytes and Monocytes.” Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, vol. 17, no. 5, 2004, pp. 281–287., doi:10.1016/j.pupt.2004.06.002.

8 Soares, M., et al. “Eucalyptol, an Essential Oil, Reduces Contractile Activity in Rat Cardiac Muscle.” Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, vol. 38, no. 3, 2005, pp. 453–461., doi:10.1590/s0100-879x2005000300017.

9 Santos, F. “1,8-Cineole (Eucalyptol), a Monoterpene Oxide Attenuates the Colonic Damage in Rats on Acute TNBS-Colitis.” Food and Chemical Toxicology, vol. 42, no. 4, 2004, pp. 579–584., doi:10.1016/j.fct.2003.11.001.

10 Mitić-Ćulafić, D., et al. “Protective Effect of Linalool, Myrcene and Eucalyptol against t-Butyl Hydroperoxide Induced Genotoxicity in Bacteria and Cultured Human Cells.” Food and Chemical Toxicology, vol. 47, no. 1, 2009, pp. 260–266., doi:10.1016/j.fct.2008.11.015.

11 Liu, Chi-Hsien, and Fu-Yen Chang. “Development and Characterization of Eucalyptol Microemulsions for Topical Delivery of Curcumin.” Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin, vol. 59, no. 2, 2011, pp. 172–178., doi:10.1248/cpb.9.172.