Niaouli Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Melaleuca viridifloria
Aroma: Sharp, fresh, sweet
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Blends Well With: Basil, coriander, eucalyptus, fennel, juniper, lavender, lime, peppermint essential oils
Description and Uses: Niaouli essential oil is a pale yellow or greenish oil with a sweet, sharp, fresh aroma. It is closely related to Cajeput (Melaleuca cajeputi), but does not have the same skin irritating potential. It is also related to Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), but Niaouli has a softer aroma. Niaouli is a very versatile and useful essential oil and is often reported to help strengthen the immune system.
It is best to use Niaouli essential oil in small quantities (not more than 2 drops per application) and at night it can be combined with Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) to promote sleep. In this way, the body will benefit from the fortifying action of Niaouli without the negative effects of over stimulation.
This is a wonderful oil to use when you have been stressed or sick for a long time and your body is in a generally weakened condition with low stamina and poor immunity.
Niaouli is also a wonderful essential oil to use when you have body aches and pains. It has antispasmodic and analgesic effects that make it very useful for these applications. It's great to use in a diffuser when you have a cold to help with congestion. It is an expectorant and very useful for the respiratory system (but, as with any essential oil, use only with guidance if you have asthma).
Niaouli essential oil is also a powerful tissue stimulant and, because of this, can help to heal routine cuts and burns. Use six drops in a half pint of distilled water for washing wounds. Its strong antiseptic properties help in this respect and, because it is anti-inflammatory as well, it can help with itchy, inflamed skin. Niaouli can be applied neat to a pimple or insect bite, but don't use more than one drop this way. Mix two drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil for applying to athlete's foot.
Properties of Niaouli Essential Oil: Analgesic; anticatarrhal; antirheumatic; antiseptic; antispasmodic; diaphoretic; expectorant; febrifuge; stimulant; balances and regulates body functions; soothes. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Niaouli essential oil is cool, dry, and slightly yin. Its main uses are to detoxify, decrease inflammation, and fight infection.
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