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niaouli essential oil

  • Botanical (and family):
    Melaleuca viridiflora. Family Myrtaceae.
  • Distribution:
    Native to Australia, the French Pacific Islands and New Caledonia.
  • Description of plant:
    A large evergreen tree with flexible trunk and spongy bark. It has pointed, linear leaves, bearing spikes of sessile yellowish flowers. Apparently the falling leaves cover the ground and act as a strong disinfectant, discouraging malaria.
  • Extraction:
    Steam distillation of the leaves and young twigs.
  • Charactersitics:
    Pale yellow to greenish-yellow almost colourless liquid of strong, fresh, sweet-camphoraceous but cooling odour.
  • Odour effects:
  • Cautions:
    Non-sensitising, non-irritant.
  • Main chemical constituents:
    Terpinyl valerate, terpinyl acetate, terpinyl butyrate - 15%
    Isovaleraldehyde - 1%
    Beta-caryophyllene, viridiflorene - 1%
    1.8 - Cineole - 58%
    Limonene, alpha-pinene, beta-pinene - 2%
    Alpha-terpineol, viridiflorol, nerolidol, glubulol - 15%
  • Properties and indications:
    Clears the head, stimulates and may aid concentration.
    A tissue stimulant, promoting local circulation, increasing white blood cell activity. A good oil to fortify the body. Has impact on the respiratory system, pneumonia, asthma, sinusitis, catarrh, and laryngitis.
    Has a tonic action on the intestines and may be effective against enteritis, dysentry, intestinal parasites and urinary infections. Pain relieving properties may help rheumatism.
    Firms tissue and aids healing, being good for acne, boils, ulcers, burns and cuts.
  • Other uses:
    Pharmaceutical preparations such as gargles, cough drops, toothpaste and mouth sprays.
  • Blends well with:
    Coriander, Fennel, Galbanum, Juniperberry, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Myrtle, Orange, Pine, Peppermint, Rosemary.