Steam distilled from the fresh leaves and twigs. Cajuput has a camphoraceous-fresh aroma and helps maintain a healthy circulation.
White tea tree, white wood, swamp tea tree, punk tree, paperbark tree
Steam distillation from fresh leaves and twigs
Malaysia, Indonesia, Phillippines,, Vietnam, Java, Australia & South eastern Asia
Tall evergreen tree up to 30 meters high, with thick pointed leaves and white flowers. The trunk is flexible with a whitish spongy bark which flakes off easily. In Malaysia it is called ‘Caju-puti’, meaning ‘white wood’, due to the colour of the timber.
A pale yellowy-green, mobile liquid (the green tinge derives from traces of copper found in the tree), with a penetrating, camphoraceous-medicinal odour. Compared to the Eucalyptus oil but with a slightly milder fruity body note.
Used in the East for colds, headaches, throat infections, toothache, sore and aching muscles. The oil was used in the west traditionally for producing a sensation of warmth and quickening the pulse.
Cautions and comments
Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, may irritate the skin in high concentration