Niaouli is a member of the melaleuca family, all of which are known for their abilities against infections: bacterial, fungal, yeast and virus.
It has excellent antiseptic and stimulating qualities. It is extensively used to clear infections such as bronchitis, catarrh and sinus, as well as acne, boils, burns, ulcers and cuts. It is often used in aphrodisiac blends. It is a stimulant and tonic for digestion and circulation, and has analgesic properties similar to clove. Some sources report that it can influence and stimulate vivid dream activity. Too much of this oil can decrease your brain activity because of its grounding properties.
Origin of Niaouli
This large evergreen tree is native to Australia, New Caledonia and the French Pacific Islands and has a flexible trunk, spongy bark, pointed linear leaves and spikes of sessile yellowish flowers.
It was assigned its botanical name in 1788 during Captain Cook`s voyage and was historically used in French hospital obstetric wards because of its antiseptic properties.
Properties of Niaouli oil
The therapeutic properties of Niaouli oil are analgesic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, bactericidal, balsamic, decongestant, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, stimulant, vermifuge and vulnerary. It has cooling and moisturizing effects on nerve, respiratory and skin tissues.
Most common uses:
Helps the respiratory tract and is useful in cases of colds, influenza, pneumonia, sinusitis and catarrh.
Antiseptic to urinary tract and good for cystitis.
Antiseptic to intestinal tract and helpful in cases of diarrhea.
Purifies the atmosphere.
Good for rheumatism.
Encourages wounds to heal, including small cuts, sores and burns.
Mixes well with: lemon, tea tree, myrtle, hyssop, eucalyptus, rosemary, and orange.
Warning: do not use directly on skin; always dilute. Avoid excess use.