Cajeput (Melaleuca cajuputi)


Cajeput, Melaleuca cajuputi

Common Name Cajeput

Other Names:  white samet

Botanical Name:  Melaleuca cajuputi

Kingdom:  Plantae

Division Eudicots

Class:  Rosids

Order:  Myrtales

Family:  Myrtaceae

Genus:  Melaleuca

Species Melaleuca cajuputi

Composition:  100% Pure Cajeput Essential Oil

Origin:  Indonesia

Method of Extraction Steam Distilled

Cultivation / Harvesting:  Organic

Plant Part:  Leaves and twigs

Color Pale yellow

Consistency Thin

Properties:   anti-fungal, antimicrobial, insect repellent, muscle relaxer

Chakras Affected 

Constituents:  α-pinene, β-pinene, myrcene, limonene, 60% 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalool, terpinen-4-ol, and α-terpinene.

Historical uses:  Used to open the bronchial tract and relieve the chest of discomfort during seasonal allergy attacks.  Relieves achy muscles, menstrual cramps, and sore joints when applied topically, and is used as an insect repellent.  It is mildly sedative and considered a relaxant.  The essential oil is effective against fungal infections like round worms and urino-genital infections.  The essential oil is used to flavor foods, make fragrances, soaps, and cosmetics.  The timber is used for fuel and to make charcoal and the bark is used in construction as it is an excellent sealer (caulking).

Safety & Side effects:  As with all essential oils, they may present a risk of skin irritation due to their concentration.  Wellness Warrior suggests essential oils to be diluted with a carrier oil before using on the skin.  Melaleuca (all varieties) are particularly harsh on the skin if used without dilution.  Cajeput has been reported to be non-toxic and non-sensitizing.  Please keep in mind Wellness Warrior always recommends properly diluting to check for skin sensitivity.


Recommended Use:

Aromatically - to energize and lift mood (direct inhalation or diffuse throughout home)


Aromatherapy Notes

Perfumery note:  Middle note

Appearance:   Pale yellow

Aroma Camphor-like, similar to rosemary and cardamom. Strong, slightly sweet, medicinal.

Strength of initial aroma:  Medium

Blends well with:  Cedarwood, clary sage, clove bud, geranium, marjoram, oregano, pine, rosemary, thyme, ylang-ylang

Able to be Diffused?  YES