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or caj·u·put  (kăj′ə-pət, -po͝ot′)
a. A melaleuca tree (Melaleuca cajuputi) of Southeast Asia and Australia whose leaves yield an essential oil.
b. The oil obtained from this tree, used as a flavoring and in cosmetics and medicinal preparations.
2. Any of several other melaleucas, especially M. leucadendra or M. quinquenervia, which is naturalized in southern Florida.

[Ultimately (partly via Dutch kajoe poetih) from Malay (Indonesian dialect) kayu putih : kayu, wood, tree (from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *kahiw, of Proto-Austronesian origin kahiw) + Malay putih, white (from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *putiq).]
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(ˈkædʒəˌpʊt) ,




1. (Plants) a small myrtaceous tree or shrub, Melaleuca leucadendron, native to the East Indies and Australia, with whitish flowers and leaves
2. (Plants) a green aromatic oil derived from this tree, used to treat skin diseases
3. (Plants) a lauraceous tree, Umbellularia californica, whose aromatic leaves are used in medicine
[C18: from Malay kayu puteh, from kayu wood + puteh white]
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* Kuwait: 1 report; Eucalyptus (42.9%), Cajuput (53.5%), and Palm (39.6%).
It is significantly proven when essential oil from cajuput (Melaleuca leucadendron (L.) L.), myrtus (Myrtus communis L.) and winter savory (Satureja montana L.) were tested against Tobacco mosaic virus by inoculation in plant host system (70).
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Potential non-timber product of this tress is Cajuput oil, which use as traditional medicine for pain, burns, cold, influenza, dyspepsia.
Comparative study on the in vitro antibacterial activity of Australian tea tree oil, cajuput oil, niaouli oil, manuka oil, kanuka oil, and Eucalyptus oil.
Gelam (tea tree, cajuput) belongs to the family of Myrtaceae that can live in a variety of soil conditions, both arable land and fertile soils.
Examination of olfactory nerve function was performed using 10 odors commonly found in Indonesia: cajuput oil, coffee, jasmine, menthol, tobacco, kerosene, pandan, camphor, chocolate, and orange [50].
It's a topical analgesic, which you apply to sore areas, and contains camphor, menthol, cajuput oil and clove oil.
TIGER Balm Red takes the relieving properties of Tiger Balm's natural active ingredients camphor, menthol, cajuput oil and clove oil, and adds cinnamon oil to relieve muscular aches and pains.