Niaouli Essential Oil

Type of plant: Tree growing to 60 feet high with a peeling white bark and fluffy white “bottle-brush” flowers

Part used: Leaves and twigs

Method of extraction: Steam distillation

Data: Because there are so many closely related species, this plant is sometimes referred to as true niaouli to avoid confusion. Native to New Caledonia — an island group in the southwest Pacific — as well as Australia and Madagascar. The leaves and twigs are often harvested from wild-growing niaouli trees. Wherever it grows, the tree has long been used in indigenous medicine. Due to the invasive root system, the trees can cause major environmental problems because even when felled they continue to grow from the stumps.

Principal places of production: Madagascar, Tasmania, Australia, New Caledonia

When buying look for: A colorless to pale-yellow liquid with an intense, fresh, balsamic, camphorous aroma

Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anticatarrhal, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, decongestant, expectorant, pectoral, tonic, vulnerary

Therapeutic uses: Bronchitis, respiratory tract disorders, influenza, sinus congestion, sore throat, catarrh, cough, colds, uterine infection, rheumatism, muscular injury, rashes, pimples, acne, herpes, wounds, cuts and grazes; insect repellent

Blends well with: Basil linalol, black pepper, cajuput, cedarwood, chamomile german, chamomile roman, cypress, eucalyptus lemon, eucalyptus radiata, fragonia, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, lavender (spike), lemon, lemongrass, manuka, marjoram (sweet), myrrh, ravensara, ravintsara, rosemary, sage (Greek), tea tree

Precautionary advice: No contraindications known