Niaouli essential oil, Melaleuca quinquenervia viridiflora (MQV), is such a wonderful oil to add to your aromatherapy arsenal. It is a powerful stimulant, respiratory system tonic, and is wonderful to use in homemade skincare products – especially for those with sensitive skin. Niaouli is similar to Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil) in regards to therapeutic effects, but is gentler on the skin than Tea Tree.
Niaouli is an evergreen tree native to Australia and Madagascar. The trees grow to about 30-60 feet and have leathery leaves and white or yellow-green flowers (Schiller, 2008). The Niaouli tree is also known as broad-leafed paperbark. The essential oil is extracted via steam distillation from the tree’s leaves and limbs.
Niaouli has a history of being used in Madagascar for headaches, fevers, breathing congestion, and muscle and joint pain (Schiller, 2008). No wonder this is such a great essential oil to use for arthrosis and respiratory issues.
There are a lot of things you can do to experience the benefits of Niaouli. You can make an inhaler to help with congestion, add it to an unscented liquid soap, and add it to unscented facial creams or body lotions. Niaouli is excellent to diffuse helping with any respiratory issues, air-borne infections, and clears the mind. You can’t go wrong with Niaouli.
Niaouli or MQV has many different medicinal properties. It’s antiallergic, antiasthmatic, antibacterial, antiseptic, a decongestant, an expectorant, and an endocrine tonic with a special affinity to pituitary and ovarian glands (Schnaubelt, 1999). Asthenia, which is a lack or loss of energy and strength, has been known to improve by using Niaouli essential oil. This powerful, but gentle oil can also be used for herpetic outbreaks. Kurt Schnaubelt, chemist, and aromatherapist, suggests mixing Niaouli essential oil with Tamanu oil to achieve a mix that is tolerated on the mucous membranes. He suggests starting with a mix of 50% Tamanu oil, 25% Ravensara, and 25% Niaouli. Once you have found a blend that is well tolerated, this concoction can be used topically for genital herpes or hemorrhoids (Schnaubelt, 1999). Niaouli essential oil can also be used as an antiseptic mouthwash by mixing a few drops in a 1/4 cup of water.
Since Niaouli essential oil is an antibacterial, disinfectant, and has antiseptic properties, it is effective against skin infections and will help heal wounds protecting your skin from microbial infections. Niaouli can be mixed with coconut oil or another carrier oil to help heal any infections or wounds on the skin. Niaouli essential oil also speeds up new skin cell turnover and can help fade any scars from acne and even stretch marks. Niaouli essential oil can be mixed with a carrier oil such as argan oil for a gentle and effective clarifying moisturizer.
Niaouli essential oil has a sweet, delicate aroma and has been known to help aid in concentration and clear the mind. A great way to experience the emotional benefits of Niaouli is to diffuse it. Not only will diffusing Niaouli help you emotionally, it will also help cleanse the air with its powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Diffusing Niaouli essential oil is a win-win combination.
Niaouli Essential Oil Profile
Botanical Name – Melaleuca quinquenervia viridiflora (MQV)
Botanical Family –Myrtaceae
Plant Origin – Australia, Madagascar
Skin Types – Great for sensitive skin. If oxidized, Niaouli may cause sensitization or irritation.
Aromatic & Emotional Effects – Aids in concentration, helps clear the mind
Cosmetic Properties – strong tissue regenerator, effective against acne, improves dull and oily skin
Medical Properties – antibacterial, antiseptic, immune stimulant, expectorant, decongestant, anti-allergenic, endocrine tonic, helps alleviate arthrosis
Key Constituents – 1,8 cineol, l-limonene, a-thuyene, a-terpinene, terpinolene, citronellol, geraniol, linalool
Safety – Care must be taken when using Niaouli around asthmatics.
Have you ever used Niaouli essential oil? If you have any aromatherapy tips to share, please do so in the comments below.
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Schnaubelt, K. (1999). Medical Aromatherapy. North Atlantic Books. Berkely, CA.