Niaouli essential oil, melaleuca viridiflora, has a scent similar to Tea Tree with a stronger camphorous note. It has antiseptic qualities and is believed to be beneficial for the respiratory system as well as being useful for inflammations and infections. Niaouli essential oil is used locally for a wide variety of ailments, such as aches and pains, respiratory conditions, cuts and infections; and it is also used to purify water. Due to its powerful antiseptic qualities, it's a good choice to treat skin conditions such as acne, boils, burns, cuts, insect bites and other similar conditions. Niaouli oil is also used for treating respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs and sore throats. The oil be used in treating cystitis and urinary infection, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism and poor circulation. Niaouli is also used in pharmaceutical preparations such as gargles, cough drops, toothpastes, mouth sprays, etc.
Niaouli, melaleuca viridiflora, is an evergreen tree with a flexible truck and spongy bark, pointed linear leaves and bearing spikes of sessile yellowish flowers. The leaves have a strong aromatic scent when they are crushed. The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation from the leaves and young twigs. Niaouli grows very fast (up to 6' per year) and produces dense stands that completely shade out all other vegetation and provide little food for wildlife. The tree is native to Australia, New Caledonia and the French Pacific Islands. The majority of the oil is produced in Australia.
Niaouli essential oil, melaleuca viridiflora, blends well with the following essential oils: lavender, pine, and mint essential oils.
Niaouli oil cautions - Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing.
Niaouli oil properties - Analgesic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, balsamic, cicatrizant, regulator, stimulant, vermifuge.