Latin name: Melaleuca viridiflora
Synonyms: M. quinquenervia, ‘gomenol’
Plant family: Myrtaceae
Extraction : Steam distillation of the leaves and young twigs.
Origin: Native to Australia, New Caledonia and the French Pacific Islands.
Plant characteristics: An evergreen tree with a flexible trunk and spongy bark, pointed linear leaves and bearing spikes of sessile yellowish flowers. When crushed the leaves have a strong aromatic scent.
Oil characteristics: a collarless, pale yellow or greenish liquid with a sweet, fresh, camphoraceous odour.
Traditional use: Was used locally for a wide range of ailments, such as aches and pains, respiratory conditions, cuts and infections. Niaouli is also used to purify the water and is named ‘gomenol’ as it used to be shipped from the Gomen in the French East Indies.
Niaouli is commonly used for respiratory problems such as coughs, colds, flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, chest infections and sore throats. It is an effective immune system booster and can help the body fight infection. It can also be used in a local wash to help treat urinary tract infections, cystitis and thrush.
Cautions and comments: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing.
Main chemical constituents: Cineol (50-60%), terpineol, pinene, limonene.
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.