July 27, 2016

Cajeput Oil

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What other names is Cajeput Oil known by?

Aceite de Cajeput, Cajeputi Aetheroleum, Cajeputier, Essence de Caia-Pouti, Essence de Cajeput, Huile de Cajoupouli, Huile de Cajeput, Kajuput, Kajuputi leucadendra, Kayaputi, Melaleuca leucadendra, Melaleuca Leucodendron, Melaleuca quinquenervia, Myrtus leucadendra, Paperbark Tree Oil, Punk Tree.

What is Cajeput Oil?

Cajeput oil is produced by steam distillation of fresh leaves and twigs of the cajeput tree (Melaleuca leucadendra) and the paperbark tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia). Don't confuse cajeput oil with tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) or niauli oil (Melaleuca viridiflora).

Cajeput oil is used to treat colds, headaches, toothache, and tumors; to loosen phlegm so it can be coughed up (as an expectorant); and as a tonic.

Some people apply cajeput oil to the skin for mites (scabies) and a fungal infection of the skin (tinea versicolor).

Cajeput oil is also used either alone or in combination with other ingredients in commercially available antiseptic lotions to treat joint pain (rheumatism) and other pains.

Some people inhale cajeput oil as an expectorant.

In dentistry, cajeput oil is used to relieve gum pain after a tooth is removed or lost.

In food and beverages, cajeput oil is used as a flavoring in very small amounts.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Toothache.
  • Colds.
  • Headaches.
  • Tumors.
  • Use as a tonic.
  • Thinning mucous (congestion) and making it easier to cough up, when taken by mouth or inhaled.
  • Fungal skin infections, when applied to the skin.
  • Joint pain (rheumatism), when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of cajeput oil for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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