The niaouli tree is native to Australia and New Caledonia, a French island collectivity 900 miles east of Australia. The Kanaks, New Caledonia’s indigenous peoples, peeled the tree’s bark and used it to swaddle infants and treat rheumatism, aches, and colds. The leaves were used for concoctions to heal wounds. The tree has a remarkable reputation as the island’s protector, as it purifies the water and was thought to ward off the malaria outbreaks that infiltrated surrounding regions.
In other historical uses, this oil was applied in French hospital wards as an antiseptic. It has been an ingredient in mouthwashes and toothpastes, and is also included in the respiratory congestion medication Gomenol. The earliest written description of the plant may be the 1797 accounts of Antonio Jose Cavanilles, a Spanish botanist. Jules Garnier, a French industrialist, also discovered the tree while traveling and called it the “saddest but most useful of trees” in regards to its ugly appearance but incredible benefits. Its Latin name niaouli is attributed to writings from Captain Cook’s Pacific expedition in 1788.
Niaouli oil is considered to be a gentler substitute for tea tree oil and is perfect for those with skin too sensitive for tea tree. Niaouli is a powerful stimulant best used during the day. It is helpful in pulling individuals out of apathetic or emotionally negative states. Niaouli has also been known to strengthen the immune system, heal wounds, and treat gingivitis, inflammation, and viruses. Other recommendations include applying to a wet cloth and using as a face wash for acne. Users find diffusing niaouli attracts positive energy and bring attention to goals and purpose.
Organic niaouli essential oil from Prana Organic Plant Oils is an aromatherapy top pick. You will absolutely love the uplifting refreshing scent of this oil.
- Common Name: Niaouli
- Botanical Name: Melaleuca quinquenervia cineolifera
- Country of Origin: Madagascar
- Extraction Method: Steam
- Plant Part: Leaves and Twigs
Do not apply undiluted to the skin. If pregnant, breast feeding or under the care of a physician consult your doctor. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
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