The health benefits of Niaouli Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an analgesic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, bactericidal, balsamic, cicatrisant, decongestant, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, stimulant, vermifuge and vulnerary substance.
Niaouli is a large evergreen tree with the botanical name of Melaleuca Viridiflora and it is a native to Australia and a few neighboring areas. Due to its disinfectant and antiseptic properties, it is widely used in a large variety of cosmetics such as lotions, creams, soaps, and toothpastes.
The essential oil of Niaouli is extracted through steam distillation of its fresh leaves and tender twigs. The main components of this oil are alpha phellandrene, alpha pinene, beta pinene, cineole, gamma terpineol, limonene, linalool and piperitone.
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 skin irritating potential of the latter. It is also related to Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia). Niaouli is a very versatile and useful essential oil, reported to strengthen the immune system. In addition, it is said to have direct antiviral action against herpes simplex, some strains of influenza and viral hepatitis.
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 prevent insomnia. 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 because it will help fight the virus, open and stimulate the respiratory tract, mobilize and strengthen the immune system and fortify the body. 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 be a help for itching and 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.
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