Niaouli

Melaleuca quinquenervia cineolifera (syn. Melaleuca viridiflora )

Like eucalyptus, niaouli is a tree of the Myrtaceae family, native to New Caledonia and Australia, that can grow to a height of twenty five metres.

  • Bath

  • Skin application

  • Oral route

  • Respiratory route

As essential oil of niaouli contains high levels of terpenes, the prescribed doses must be scrupulously respected.

Warning: there is a risk of drug interference it the use exceeds more than a few days.

Do not use in: pregnant or breast-feeding women, children under the age of three years, persons allergic to one of the components (geraniol, linalool, limonene), subjects with asthma without the advice of an allergologist before the first use, subjects with epilepsy (or children who have had fever seizures).

Burns
Mix the essential oil of niaouli 1:1 with rose hip carrier oil. Apply by massaging into the area to treat, three to four times per day until cured.

Muscle cramps
Mix 8 to 10 drops of essential oil of niaouli with one teaspoon of neutral carrier oil, then, after sports, massage painful areas.

Cold
Pour 3 to 5 drops of essential oil of niaouli into a bowl of hot water. Inhale for ten minutes.

It has persistent and fragrant leaves and its soft pale bark can be easily torn off like paper, thus leading to its also being known as the paper bark tree and nicknamed "skin tree". It was acclimatised to Madagascar at the end of the 19th century to retimber marshland. Jules Garnier, who, during his geological explorations, discovered nickel in New Caledonia, came across niaouli in the west coast savannahs. In his travel account, he wrote "It is the saddest but most useful of trees on the island, as it hides its qualities and virtues under the most unhappy appearance." But who cares whether their benefactor looks pitiful? Certainly not the Kanaks, who have always swaddled their newborns in its bark to protect them and give them strength. They applied a poultice of young niaouli leaves to wounds to speed healing. As a decoction, the bark was – and is still – used on the island to heal rheumatism pains, aches and colds.

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