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Castilian: cayeput.

English: cajeput tree, punk tree, swamp tea tree, paper back, white tea tree.

This is a tree that grows to 20 meters high has a very thick bark, its leaves are narrow and ovaloide on both sides, the flowers are almost always white.

Used Part.

The fresh leaves and bark of young branches.

Active Principles.

Essential oil (1%) rich in cineol or eucalyptol, l - pinene, terpineol, l - limonene, dipentene, aldehydes (valeraldehido, benzaldehyde) Sesquiterpenes, azulenes. The bark contains betulin acid.

Drug Action.

Worming, antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, Carmine, emollient, expectorant, analgesic, rubefaciente, Estomáquico.


Cystitis, urethritis. Flatulence, gastroenteritis, gastrointestinal spasms. Intestinal parasites. Bronchitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, influenza, colds.

In topical use: osteo inflammation, rhinitis, odontalgias, dermatomycosis, eczema, acne, psoriasis.


Unless otherwise indicated, we recommend not to prescribe essential oils through internal during pregnancy, lactation, children under six years or patients with gastritis, gastric ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, hepatopathy, epilepsy, Parkinson and other neurological diseases.

Do not administer, or topically applied to children under six years old or people with respiratory allergies or with known hypersensitivity to this or other essential oils.

Caution / Poisoning.

Prescribe the essential oil with caution, especially in children, for the possibility of occurrence of allergic reactions or bronchospasm. Topically can cause contact dermatitis. By practicing preventive recommend a test of tolerance prior to the implementation of inhalations with essential oils: inhale for 15 seconds and wait 30 minutes.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Internal use:

Essential oil (see above paragraphs)

1 - 3 drops on a sugar cube, two or three times a day.

Capsules (25 to 50 mg / caps. 2 or 3 a day.

Suppositories (10 mg / sup. 1 to 3 a day.

Inhalations wet (5 to 10 drops in half a liter of warm water)

Aerosols (1. 2 g per 50 ml of preparation)

Fluid extract (1: 1) 20 - 50 drops, one to three times a day.

Tincture (1: 5) 50 - 100 drops, one to three times a day.

External use:

Ointment (10 - 20% extract fluid) or friction of alcohol solution, in rheumatic pain, or topical application in ichthyosis, psoriasis and other skin diseases.

Anti dental pain: apply a drop of substance embedded in a cotton swab on the grinding wheel careada.


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