Oil of Cajeput
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Title: Oil of Cajeput
Additional Names: Cajuput oil; cajeputi oil
Literature References: Volatile oil from fresh leaves and twigs of several varieties of Melaleuca leucadendron L., and other species of Melaleuca, Myrtaceae. Constit. 50-60% eucalyptol (cineol); l-pinene, terpineol; valeric, butyric, benzoic and other aldehydes. Toxicity: P. M. Jenner et al., Food Cosmet. Toxicol. 2, 327 (1964).
Properties: Colorless or yellowish liquid, agreeable camphor odor, and bitter aromatic taste. d 0.912-0.925. aD20 <-4°. nD20 1.4660-1.4710. Very slightly sol in water; sol in 1 vol 80% alcohol. Misc with alcohol, chloroform, ether, carbon disulfide. Keep well closed, cool, and protected from light. LD50 orally in rats: 3870 mg/kg (Jenner).
Optical Rotation: aD20 <-4°
Index of refraction: nD20 1.4660-1.4710
Density: d 0.912-0.925
Toxicity data: LD50 orally in rats: 3870 mg/kg (Jenner)
Therap-Cat: Expectorant, counterirritant, scabicide.
Therap-Cat-Vet: Rubefacient, topical antimycotic.

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