Common Name: Niaouli – wild
Scientific Name: Melaleuca quinquenervia
Botanical Family: Myrtaceae
Extraction Process: Steam distillation
Plant Part: Leaves & young branches (fresh)
Plant Description: Native to eastern and northeastern Australia, New Caledonia, and the French Pacific Islands, including Papua New Guinea; grows abundantly in the wild. Naturalized in parts of southern and southeastern United States. Most Niaouli oil is produced in Australia and Tasmania Melaleuca quinquenervia is a medium-sized evergreen tree, capable of thriving in extremes of habitat and weather conditions (in swamps and through droughts); it grows to a height of 25-60 feet with a flexible trunk, thick white spongy bark, and pointed narrow leaves that are strongly aromatic when crushed. The leaves and sometimes the young branches are steam distilled for their essential oil when freshly harvested.
Oil Description: Colorless, pale yellow or greenish liquid with a strong, penetrating, camphoraceous, cooling, and slightly woody-sweet aroma.
Historical/Traditional Uses: For thousands of years, the aboriginal peoples of Australia have used the leaves of the Niaouli tree in the form of teas or simply chewed freshly picked from the tree for respiratory ailments and headaches. The essential oil of Niaouli has been used as an antiseptic in the obstetrics and gynecological sections of French hospitals.
Applications (Uses and Indications): In aromatherapy, Niaouli helps strengthen the immune system and is indicated for respiratory conditions, infections, rheumatoid arthritis, skin abrasions and wounds, muscular aches and pains, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, the digestive system, and the urinary and reproductive systems, including cystitis, herpes simplex, and genital herpes (HPV). In perfumery, Niaouli is not commonly used, but as such, it is considered a unique top note that blends well with coriander, eucalyptus, fennel, galbanum, hyssop, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, myrtle, orange, pine, peppermint, rosemary ct cineol, and tea tree.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Niaouli (M. quinquenervia) essential oil is non-toxic, non-irritating (except possibly for those with sensitive skin), and non-sensitizing. Use with care during pregnancy.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
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