Cajeput Oil, Some Uses

Cajeput Oil, Some Uses

Cajeput (Melaleuca cajuputi) is related to Tea Tree but much harsher. It is often used for treating colds, headaches and infections.  The scent makes you think of pine and medicine, and you feel your lungs open up and breathe deeper.

Cajeput 3Aromatic influences: Pungent, warming, and strengthening. Builds strength, especially before an operation and during postoperative shock.

Combines well with:

Bergamot, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Pine Needles, Rosemary

Ways to use it

  • G.R.A.S.
  • Helps restore a sense of inner purpose during times when you are lost or alone.
  • Clear a mental muddle, diffuse or vaporize 2 drops Cajeput and 4 drops Peppermint. (6)
  • Highly odiferous so use sparingly.
  • During a cold or flu, bathe with 1 drop Cajeput, 4 drops Lavender and 1 teaspoon Jojoba oil. (6)
  • Renews zest for life.
  • Warming to the body, relaxes tight muscles.
  • Cajeput drawingRepels insects.
  • Heal blocked nasal passages, inhale 2 drops Cajeput and 4 drops Eucalyptus Globulus. (6)
  • Helps you overcome a lack of energy.
  • Breaks up congestion. The vapors help breathing.
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That’s a great way to get started. And have fun with it!


Here are a few recipes involving Cajeput oil. To check for more, you can click on Cajeput in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Boost Immune System

  • 2 drops Cajeput
  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 4 drops Bay Leaf
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Massage formula into your chest, morning and evening. Great to use during a cold or flu. (6)

woman-smelling-essential-oilsBreathe More Easily Diffusion

  • 4 drops Clove Bud
  • 4 drops Cajeput
  • 4 drops Myrtle
  • 4 drops Spruce
  • 4 drops Lemon

Use in a diffuser. Inhale aroma deeply for best results. (5)

Breathe More Easily Bath

  • 5 drops Cajeput
  • 5 drops Eucalyptus Globulus
  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • 1 teaspoon Grapeseed, Almond, Hazelnut, or Sesame oil

Add to a warm/hot bath and soak for 20 minutes. Can also dissolve formula in 1 cup epsom salts and add to water to soften skin and remove impurities. (5)

Soothe Muscle Pain and Backache

  • 2 drops Cajeput
  • 4 drops Nutmeg
  • 4 drops Cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage formula with firm, soothing strokes, 2 or 3 times a day. (6)

athletes-foot-remediesRejuvenating Foot Bath

  • 4 drops Myrtle
  • 4 drops Spearmint
  • 4 drops Pink Grapefruit
  • 3 drops Cajeput
  • 1 teaspoon Grapeseed, Almond, Hazelnut, or Sesame oil

Fill a basin with warm/hot water, add formula, swirl oils into water, and soak feet for at least 15 minutes. (5)

Calming Massage

  • 5 drops Rosewood
  • 4 drops Anise Seed
  • 4 drops Cajeput
  • 2 drops Basil
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage blend into the shoulders, back of the neck, and down the back. (5)

Cajeput 2Muscle Soreness Massage

  • 1 drop Clove Bud
  • 2 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drop Nutmeg
  • 1 drop Ginger Root
  • 3 drops Cajeput
  • 3 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage formula into the specific muscles. (5)

Pre-Game Massage

  • 5 drops Melissa
  • 5 drops Lime
  • 4 drops Cypress
  • 4 drops Cajeput
  • 2 drops Ginger Root
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame oil

Massage formula into muscles before the game to improve your performance. (5)

stop snoringSnoring Remedy

  • 4 drops Cajeput
  • 4 drops Myrtle
  • 3 drops Marjoram
  • 3 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 3 drops Petitgrain
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage formula into the upper chest, back of neck, shoulders, and along the back before going to bed. (5)

Alleviate Mental Overload

  • 1 drop Cajeput
  • 4 drops Sandalwood
  • 1 teaspoon Jojoba

Add formula to a warm/hot bath and soak for 30 minutes. To soften skin and remove impurities, dissolve formula into 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath water. Especially helpful for restlessness due to mental overload. (6)

And finally,

What do you think? Is Cajeput oil something you want to try? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below. We’d love to hear from you!

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  1. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  2. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  3. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  4. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  5. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  6. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding




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I am experimenting with cajaput by putting a few drops in water at night and gargling. My goal is to prevent winter sore throats and subsequent upper respiratory infections. If anyone know of any reason this is a bad idea, please let me know. Thank you!


I'm so appreciating these EO descriptions, recipes, and combination recommendations.  I just received cajeput and took a whiff.  Whew!  Clear sinuses, indeed!  I will use the above recipe to make some chest rub oil blends for friends with colds.  Thanks for the ideas!

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@ptippins You're welcome! That is one thing I like to use that oil for. It works great!