Essential Oil – Niaouli
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Niaouli Essential Oil
Plant/Part Tree/Leaves and shoots
Latin Name Melaleuca Viridiflora
Slightly sweet aroma, clear and penetrating.
Niaouli is a large tree which grows predominantly in Australia, and is recognizable by its bushy foliage and yellow flowers. The healthy air and absence of Malaria both here and in New Caledonia (a South Sea Island) is often attributed to the presence of this tree as the falling leaves cover the ground and act as a strong disinfectant.
Niaouli has a long history of use probably attributed to its pronounced effect on bacteria. It was also drunk in the Middle East as a beverage but acquired its botanical name in 1788 during Captain Cook's voyage to Australia. The French also found a use for Niaouli in their hospital obstetric wards, valuing it as a strong antiseptic. This oil is sometimes used as a substitute for Eucalyptus in the treatment of coughs, rheumatism and neuralgia and is a popular ingredient in many pharmaceutical preparations such as toothpastes and mouth sprays.
Generally stimulating and reviving. It will help to clear the head and may aid concentration.
A tissue stimulant promoting local circulation and helping to fight infections by increasing antibody activity through increasing white blood cell production. A good oil to use at the beginning of illness to fortify the body and useful when in a weakened condition. Niaouli may also be useful in assisting in the strengthening of the immune system of AIDS patients (under medical supervision), effective on the respiratory system, dealing with such problems as chest infections, bronchitis, tuberculosis, flu, pneumonia, whooping cough, asthma, sinusitis, catarrh and laryngitis. It also has a tonic effect on the intestines and may be effective against enteritis, dysentery, internal parasites and urinary infections. Meanwhile, its pain-relieving properties give some aid to rheumatism and neuralgia.
Effect on skin
Firms the tissues, aids healing and may be helpful with skin eruptions, acne, boils, ulcers, burns and cuts. Also useful for washing infected wounds.
Fennel, Juniperberry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Scots Pine, Tangerine.
Essential Oils to Avoid
Diabetes – Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemon
Epilepsy – Eucalyptus, Fennel, Rosemary, Sage
High Blood Pressure – Rosemary
Pregnancy – Basil, Birch, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Turmeric
Avoid all essential oils during the first three months of pregnancy.
Skin Sensitivity – Black pepper, Citronella, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Turmeric
Photosensitising Oils – Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mandarin and Tangerine
They react to ultraviolet light making the skin more sensitive.
Avoid stimulants after using essential oils, especially alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods. An aftercare advice sheet should be available after your first treatment.