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Healing With Cajeput Oil

Updated on August 30, 2011

Cajeput Oil

Cajeput oil is steam-distilled from the leaves, twigs and bark of an evergreen tropical tree native to Australia and Indonesia. The tree is closely related to Tea Tree and Eucalyptus, and shares similar antibacterial properties. The Cajeput tree is known as white bark tea tree due to it's striking white bark.

Note: I highly recommend holistic treatments and use them myself instead of conventional medicine. However, if you are new to holistic remedies, then a doctor should always be consulted if illness is present.

If pregnant, ALWAYS consult your doctor before using any essential oils.

The Cajeput Tree
The Cajeput Tree

Healing With Cajeput Oil

Cajeput's vapours are decongestant and expectorant, making it a good antiseptic for respiratory ailments such as laryngitis. The refreshing action also clears headaches and tiredness associated with influenza. Cajeput is also an effective treatment for urinary and digestive infections, especially if these are recurring.

Cajeput oil can also be used as a warming muscle rub to ease stiffness and rheumatic aches. In this instance the Cajeput oil would be blended with either Rosemary or Marjoram oil.

It is also an effective natural remedy against head lice or pet fleas.

Using Cajeput Oil To Clear Infections

To ease laryngitis or bronchitis, massage the neck, shoulders, chest and back with a blend of:

3 drops Cajeput oil

2 drops of Pine oil

4 drops of Cedarwood oil

35ml of Sweet Almond oil

For feverish chills, add to a warm bath:

2 drops Cajeput oil

3 drops Tea Tree oil

The Cajeput will promote sweating and both oils have anti-viral properties.

For congested sinuses the following can be either used as a rub used around the neck and shoulders for constant inhalation, or sprinkled onto a tissue and inhaled frequently. The tissue could also be placed on a pillow for clearing the sinuses whilst sleeping.

4 drops Pine oil

3 drops Cajeput oil

3 drops Eucalyptus oil

35ml Sweet Almond oil

How To Get Rid Of Parasites

Cajeput is an excellent natural deterrent for head lice and fleas.

To ensure that your dog or cat remains free from fleas, add 1-2 drops of Cajeput oil to a pet brush and groom with this weekly.

Add 5 drops of Cajeput oil and 6 drops of Lemongrass oil to a litre of warm water and wash down woodwork and floors.

Place 5 drops Cajeput Oil and 6 drops of Lemongrass oil to a cotton wool ball and place in your vacuum cleaner to get rid of fleas and flea eggs.

At the first sign of head lice, wash and condition hair, then work through a head lice comb. After combing, rinse hair in 1 litre of water containing:

2 drops Cajeput oil

5 drops Tea Tree oil

4 drops Lemon oil

Sore And Stiff Muscles

For a pre sport rub to ease tense muscles:

4 drops Cajeput oil

3 drops Black Pepper oil

3 drops Lemongrass oil

35ml Grapeseed oil

For relief from rheumatism, apply a hot compress to the joint containing:

2 drops Cajeput oil

3 drops Ginger oil

4 drops Black Pepper oil

The Cajeput will bring relief while the Ginger and Black Pepper will stimulate the circulation.

Rid general aches and pains by relaxing in a warm bath containing:

2 drops Cajeput oil

3 drops Marjoram oil

5 drops Lavender oil

The oils work together by warming and relaxing the muscles.

To treat a sprain, apply a cold compress over the joint containing:

3 drops Cajeput oil

2 drops Basil oil

5 drops Benzoin oil

How To Blend and Use Aromatherapy Oils To Relive Stress And Soothe Pain

Active Ingredients Of Cajeput Oil

  • Oxides - A potent oxide in Cajeput oil is present in concentrations of 15 to 65 percent. This is also present in Eucalyptus and Rosemary oil, it has a camphorous aroma and is an expectorant and decongestant.
  • Monoterpenes - This makes up about a quarter of Cajeput oil, the main compound is Pinene. It contributes to the antiseptic and uplifting properites of the oil.
  • Alcohols - The alcohols terpineol, eucalyptol and nerolidol are present in Cajeput oil. These are warming ingredients that stimulate the immune system and act as tonics and balancers.

Cajeput Folklore

The Cajeput tree has powerful associations with legends of protection and purification for the native people of Malaysia, India and Australia.

  • Cajeput holds the healing energies of Mars. It is said that inhaling the aroma leads to inward emotional healing.
  • In Vietnam, Cajeput is revered. The country is covered in vast tropical Cajeput jungles that support a wealth of different wildlife.
  • In traditional Aboriginal folklore, Cajeput magically makes lice and fleas fall from the coats of cats and dogs.


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      Loretta DeLozier 

      9 years ago

      Since my post 9 months ago I have used the cajeput oil for my gums, have had surgery on them 2 times, so i take a really small round brush that i can get in between my teeth, stick in the oil and put in between the teeth, hold it in my mouth for a few seconds

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      Gypsy Willow 

      9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi moonbun, for years I have used Olbas Oil and never read the ingredients until last night, cajeput oil is no. 1 !. Today I have come across you because you commented on a hub I was reading. Coincidence! Thanks for telling me all about it

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      Luna Fae 

      10 years ago from UK

      Wow, thanks for the comment Loretta. I'll have to introduce cajeput oil into my beauty routine.

      Thanks again! :)

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      Loretta Lozier 

      10 years ago

      I have used this oil for years, my 4 year old grandson really believes in it. when he gets stung by a bee or anything go and put this oil on the sting and it will be gone in less than a minute. I put a few dropes in my night cream , i am 65 years old and everbody just can't believe that i am that old. when grandson was cutting teeth we put some drops in his teething jel and works wonders. I've had places to come on my face that i am sure was cancer from years of being out in the sun so i would put some on evernight and it would go away, lets just say i use it for just about everything

    • moonbun profile imageAUTHOR

      Luna Fae 

      10 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the extra info about cajeput oil Emily!

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      10 years ago

      I'm Indonesian & this oil is so popularily used for rubbing oil coz its warm effect. I use it every night after shower to relaxes & warm the body. It's great for relieving stomach flatulent/gastric/colic. Just drop a few drops into warm drinking water and drink it.

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      Luna Fae 

      11 years ago from UK

      Cajeput is a really versatile oil, it's so useful to have around the home.

      Thanks for stopping by fastfreta :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      11 years ago from Southern California

      I had to bookmark this one. I've never heard of this oil before, but I'm going to look for it. I like this hub. I'll have to come back often and read more of your hubs.

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      Luna Fae 

      11 years ago from UK

      Hi Annette,

      Only just seen your comment. Hopefully by now your eye has gone back to normal, but just for the record, I personally wouldn't recommend putting any oil that close to the eye in case you had a severe reaction.

      Whenever I get styes, I use an old wives tale and so far it has worked every time.

      Rub a clean gold (doesn't have to be yellow) wedding band over the stye and by the next day it should have disappeared! It's always worked for me, I don't know how or why, but it has.

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      11 years ago

      Have had a really bad stye.... it was on my eyelid about the size of pea!!! Then it started to get 3 white heads on it - most unattractive.... anyway, made a poultice with cajeput oil & some herbal clay to draw all the pus together - seemed to work..... do you think it is safe or a little strong i.e. tea tree oil would be less of an irritant.

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      12 years ago

      Everything points to Cajeput Oil, but what about Cajeput tea? Who knows - how to make it, properties, etc.

      Would be great to hear about the teas that can be made and drunk along with the essentials oils.


    • moonbun profile imageAUTHOR

      Luna Fae 

      12 years ago from UK

      Thank you. I didn't realise that Cajeput oil was quite so unknown, I knew it was one of the less common essential oils, but not as uncommon as it seems! Glad to be sharing something new :)

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      Rodney Fagan 

      12 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Great Hub Moonbun, I too have not heard of cajuput oil, and will definitely see if available, as this seems to fill a lot of gaps in the essential oil armoury.

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      Luna Fae 

      12 years ago from UK

      Thanks for your kind comment Elsa, I'm glad that I could introduce something new to you :)

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      Elsa is Elsa 

      12 years ago

      Hi, moonbun, like compu-smart, I've never heard of cajeput oil - but I'm always interested in learning. And your hub is wonderful - so much to it, especially all kinds of natural healing uses. Thank you. And thank you, also, for the photo. I always like to know what something looks like. Elsa

    • moonbun profile imageAUTHOR

      Luna Fae 

      12 years ago from UK

      All good to me too! I thought I'd write about it as it is quite unusual and not your everyday aromatherapy oil. Thanks for the comment compu :)

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      Tony Sky 

      12 years ago from London UK

      Cajeput Oil is news to me! thanks for sharing! anything natural and healing is all good to me!


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