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Melaleuca viridiflora

Niaouli is very closely related to Cajuput and Tea-tree, the source of one of the most popular oils of aromatherapy. Niaouli shares many of their properties, but is somewhat milder in action and smell. The flowers look a bit like a bottle brush and that is also how one can imagine its effect. Originally the oil came from French Polynesia, and Caledonia, where it is not only considered a panacea, but has even been adopted as the national flower. However, today, most Niaouli oil comes from Australia. The French adopted it into their pharmacopoeia and still use it in gynaecological wards of hospitals throughout the country.

In aromatherapy Niaouli oil can be used similarly to Cajuput or Tea-tree, except that it is not quite as powerfully antimicrobial or antifungal, but instead, acts more gently on the skin and can even be used on mucous membranes. It is particularly indicated for conditions of the upper respiratory tract, sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, and catarrh. In dilution it is excellent for treating cuts, ulcers and burns. It can be applied to pimples, psoriasis and herpes and in aromatherapy skin care it is helpful for oily and inflamed skin conditions and insect bites. It is also used for rheumatic aches and muscle pains. Niaouli and its cousins are all effective in protecting the skin against burns from radiotherapy.

Like Cajuput or Tea Tree, Niaouli can be used for purification of ritual spaces or objects. It is a good healing oil and can be used in healing rituals. It offers protection and clears out negative energies that 'clog up' the physical and mental bodies. It is also great for aura cleansing.

A fresh, eucalyptus-like scent. Blends well with Basil, Citrus oils, Lavender, Tea tree and Eucalyptus.