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Indonesia is one of the largest producers of cajeput oil and is also the largest consumers.
Produced by steam distillation from the leaves of the Myrtaceous tree, it also goes by the botanical name Melaleuca leucadendra. It can be found close to shorelines on the island of Pulau Buru in Maluku and in some parts of Central Java.
Primarily used in massage oils, it is also used for its remedial qualities in treating stomach aches, common cold, nausea and insect bites. More than 90% of the oil produced is consumed locally by the pharma industry.
Cajeput is Indonesia's answer to China's Eucalyptus. Both used across similar applications cajeput is also common in other South East Asian countries.
Indonesia produces around 325 - 350 MT per annum, making it one of Indonesia's largest produced essential oils by volume. Cajeput trees are evergreen and can reach up to 30 meters in height. They usually have a whitish, spongy bark with a crooked trunk.
Botanical name: Melaleuca cajuputi
Plant/part used: Leaves
Method of extraction: Steam distillation
TSCA CAS: 8008-98-8
EINECS CAS: 287-316-4
Appearance: Pale yellow clear liquid with a tint of green
Organoleptic Properties: Fresh, minty, camphor
Density: 0.905 – 0.935
Refractive index: 1.461 – 1.472
Optical rotation: -4.00º to +3.00º
Chemical constituents: Cineol: min. 75%
TECHNICAL DATA SHEET OF CAJEPUT OIL:
A pale yellow, sometimes with a green tint-white mobile liquid having Fresh, mint, camphoraceous odour
Obtained by the steam ditillation from leaves of Melaleuca cajuputi
A pale yellow, sometimes with a green tint
Flash Point (Closed cup) °C
1.461 – 1.472 @20ºC
0.905 – 0.935 @20ºC
-4.00º to +3.00º
Solubility in Alcohol
1:9 in 80% ethanol
Solubility in Water
Main Components by GLC
Cineol: min. 75%
12 months under recommended storage conditions.
Avoid strong acids strong bases and all oxidising agents