(Melaleuca quinquenervia, Melaleuca veridiflora)
Description: Niaouli is sometimes also called gomenol, and is a small evergreen tree with papery bark, aromatic leaves and yellow flowers. The essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves arid young twigs.
Country of origin: Australia Characteristics: Niaouli has sweet, fresh camphoraceous top notes and eucalyptus-like undertones. It blends well with lavender, pine, lemon, myrtle, orange, hyssop and eucalyptus.
Main therapeutic properties:
Analgesic, antiseptic, anti-viral, bactericide, cicatrizant, decongestant, febrifuge, insecticide, stimulant, vulnerary.
Niaouli is a relative of ti-tree. It has a gentler, less effective action, but is well tolerated by the skin, making it valuable in a local wash for cleaning wounds. Its vulnerary and antiseptic properties help the wound heal cleanly and quickly. Its gentle action also makes niaouli good in a local wash for urinary-tract infections, thrush and cystitis. Overall, niaouli is healing, stimulant and refreshing.
An excellent expectorant, niaouli is good in steam inhalations and baths for coughs colds, flu, sinusitis and bronchitis. Hot compresses of niaouli help treat boils, large painful spots and acne.
Psychologically, niaouli has no particular indications, but it is a powerful stimulant, and when vaporized in a burner it will help keep the mind clear and alert, aiding study, meditation, and so on, but avoid using niaouli in the evening.