Science of Herbs

Melaleuca Leucadendron

Melaleuca Leucadendron

Common Name: Kayaputi, Kajuput
English Name: Cajuput Tree, Tea Tree
Botanical Name: Melaleuca leucadendron Linn.
Family: Myrtaceae

Description: The tree has a long flexible trunk with irregular ascending branches, covered with a pale thick, lamellated bark it is soft and spongy and from time to time throws off its outer layer in flakes; leaves entire, linear, lanceolate, ash colour, alternate on short foot-stalks; flowers sessile, white, on a long spike. The leaves have a very aromatic odour and the oil is distilled from the fresh leaves and twigs, and is volatile and stimulating with an aroma like camphor, rosemary, or cardamom seeds; taste bitter, aromatic and camphoraceous.

Chemical Constituents: The main chemical components of Cajuput oil include a-pinene, b-pinene, myrcene, a-terpinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalool, terpinen-4-ol and a-terpineol.

Properties: Cajeput is antibacterial and clears congestion making it a good inhalant oil for colds and sinus infections. Cajeput oil is used externally for burns, cramps, colic, earache, headache, muscle pain, and toothache. Cajeput is an astringent oil that can benefit oily skin and help clear eczema. It is also helpful for asthma, sinusitis and a sore throat. It calms the digestive system, soothes colic, enteritis, dysentery, vomiting. Spasms, arthritis, rheumatism and muscular aches and pains can also benefit from it. Not only does it help with skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. It is used as an anti-dandruff agent.

Used in the following MATXIN Products:

  • MITVANA Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
  • MITVANA Anti-Dandruff Cream
  • MITVANA Anti-Hair Fall Shampoo
  • MITVANA Anti-Hair Fall Cream