Origin: Australia & South-East Asia

Family: Myrtaceae
Subfamily: Myrtoideae
Tribe: Melaleuceae
Scientific Name: Melaleuca cajuputi

Folk Names: Swamp tea tree, white tea tree


Element: Earth
Direction: East
Days: Saturday
Planet: Saturn
Zodiac: Capricorn

Magical Properties: Healing, protection, balance, courage, creativity, sexuality, grounding

Substitutions: Niaouli, tea tree, eucalyptus


Part Used: Leaves and twigs
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 46°C

Scent Type: Woody
Perfume Note: Middle/top
Scent Description: Fresh, camphoraceous

Aromatherapeutic Uses

Stimulating, helps with mental focus, and can be used to ease colds/flus and congestion. Repels insects.



Active Constituents: Up to 60% 1,8-cineole (the main compound in eucalyptus oil), which is responsible for the anti-microbial effects.

Medicinal Properties:

Indigenous/Traditional Medicinal Uses:


In Southeast Asia, it is used as a fuel, and for making charcoal. The timber has been used in construction for supporting columns, frames, and floorboards for houses, as well as for fences.

The bark has been used in Indonesia as a roofing material, and sealant in boat construction.

Indigenous Uses:


Type: Evergreen tree
Plant size: Usually up to 35m
Bark: White/grey/beige papery bark
Leaves: Flat, leathery, dull-green leaves, 4-14cm long and 1-6cm wide
Flowers: Spikes comprised of 8-20 groups of 3 flowers with white/cream stamens; branches continue growing out past the flowers.
Fruit: Cup-shaped, woody capsules, 2-3mm long, and clustered along the spike. Seeds are released annually.

Etymology: Cajeputi is suspected to be a corruption of the Indonesian name for the plant, “kayu putih” (which means ‘white wood’).