Cajeput (Melaleuca leucadendra)

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles


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Also known as: Punk Tree; Broadleaved Paperbark, Weeping paperbark, Broadleaf Tea Tree

Uses:  Culinary, Detergents, Medicinal, Perfume, Repellent, Topical Skin Products, Sleep Aid

Parts used:  Flowers, Leaves & Twigs

Preparation:  Tinctures, Tonic, Flower Essence, Skin Care, Soap-making, Lotions, Ointments, Toothpaste

Melaleuca leucadendra Linn., Plate 15 from “Forest Flora of New South Wales” by w:Joseph Henry Maiden (1859–1925) – wikimedia commons

  • Symbolizes: Unity & Strength
  • Element:  Ether & Space
  • Governed by:  Venus, 5th Chakra

The origin of the name Cajeput means “the sunny side of the mountain.”  It is related to tea tree Melaleuca alternifolia, with a similar but stronger camphorous aroma. It is used in Tiger Balm and in the decongestant Olbas Oil.


  • general antiseptic
  • anti-infective
  • antiputrefactive
  • decongestioning
  • anticatarrhal
  • expectorant
  • neuralgic
  • antispasmodic agent


Fruits and leaves of Cajeput can be used for infusing into a tea.  Oils from this tree can be used for flavouring baked goods, candies, and relishes.

Health & Wellness

Cajeput promotes circulation, reduces fevers and relieves cramps. Its herbal uses for internal use are to treat bronchitis, colds, gastric infections, headaches, roundworms, sinusitis, toothache, tuberculosis,and tumors; to loosen phlegm and as a tonic. Externally an oil of Cajeput can be applied to the skin for rheumatism, gout, neuralgia, acne, nasal congestion, sinusitis, toothache, chilblains, mites (scabies) and a fungal infection of the skin (tinea versicolor).  It is used in commercial preparations for bacterial and fungal infections in fish.

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Copyright 2014 – 2020  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000