Niaouli is a large evergreen tree, its oil is extracted from the young leaves and twigs by steam distillation from Melaleuca viridiflora also known as Melaleuca quinquenervia of the Myrtaceae family and is native to Australia, New Caledonia and the French Pacific Islands. Niaouli oil contains analgesic, anti-rheumatic, anti-septic, bactericidal, balsamic, cicatrisant, decongestant, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, stimulant, vermifuge and vulnerary therapeutic properties. Niaouli oil is a pale yellow liquid with a very strong camphorous aroma and is similar to cajuput oil; it is beneficial for the immune system, skin problems and respiratory ailments.
Niaouli oil is useful for cleaning wounds; it is beneficial for ulcers, oily skin, acne, blemishes, boils burns, insect bites, cuts and other skin conditions. The expectorant property of this oil also loosens up toughened depositions of phlegm or catarrh in the lungs, bronchi, larynx, pharynx, trachea and the nasal tracts, thereby giving relief from heaviness in the chest, as well as coughs and congestion.
Niaouli oil helps wounds heal faster and keeps them protected from infections when applied as an external application on the wounds when mixed with any lotion or cream. In vapour therapy, niaouli oil can help with stimulating concentration and clearing the head, fighting infections, toning the digestive system and relieving pain.
Given its painkilling properties, Niaouli oil is an effective complementary therapy for rheumatism. The oil is known to stimulate the lymphatic system and boost blood circulation in the body. It also prevents the accumulation of uric acid at the joints. These two factors ease inflammation and pain, providing much needed relief to rheumatic patients. Niaouli oil controls and limits bacterial growth, thereby inhibiting infection. The oil protects both internal and external wounds. Niaouli oil also helps control fevers by bringing down body temperature and inducing the sweats.