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
- 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.
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.