13 Surprising Benefits of Niaouli Essential Oil

by Meenakshi Nagdeve last updated -

The health benefits of niaouli essential oil can be attributed to its potential properties as an analgesic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, bactericidal, balsamic, cicatrizant, decongestant, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, stimulant, vermifuge and vulnerary substance.

Niaouli is a large evergreen tree with the botanical name of Melaleuca Viridiflora and it is a native to Australia and a few neighboring areas. Due to its disinfectant and antiseptic properties, it is widely used in a large variety of cosmetics such as lotions, creams, soaps, and toothpaste. [1]

The essential oil of niaouli is extracted through steam distillation of its fresh leaves and tender twigs. The main components of this oil are alpha phellandrene, alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, cineole, gamma terpineol, limonene, linalool, and piperitone.

Let us now investigate the medicinal properties of this oil in a little more detail.

Health Benefits of Niaouli Essential Oil

Possibly An Analgesic

The pain-relieving property of this oil makes it a very good analgesic. It may eliminate pain by inducing numbness in the nerves and by desensitizing the area. It is very effective in relieving the pain of headaches, migraines, toothaches, earaches, and muscle and joint pain, as well as pain due to sprains.

May Have Antirheumatic Properties

This oil may stimulate the circulation of the blood and lymph, thereby preventing the accumulation of uric acid in the joints and bringing warmth to various parts of the body. These two factors together help give relief from rheumatism, arthritis, and gout.

Possibly Antiseptic

Open wounds are prone to infections since bacteria, fungi, and other microbes have a very good chance of getting into the bloodstream through these wounds. Bacteria also reside in the urogenital tracts, colon, prostate, intestines, and kidneys and cause infections of the urethra and other sensitive body parts. The essential oil of Niaouli, thanks to its antiseptic properties, can inhibit bacterial growth in those areas and gives good protection against sepsis, tetanus, and infections of the other internal organs.

Niaouli plant with a blurred background

Niaouli is a tree in the Myrtaceae family, which also includes the clove tree and myrtle. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Potentially Bactericidal

This oil may kill bacteria and inhibits bacterial growth and infections.

Can Act As A Balsamic Agent

This oil may promote growth and boosts health by promoting proper absorption and distribution of nutrients in the body. It also increases strength.

Possibly A Cicatrizant

People don’t like to see scars on their face or skin. You may have tried those creams and lotions on the market but have gotten no results. If you are losing hope of ever having clear skin, why don’t you try using the oil of niaouli? As a cicatrizant, it diminishes scars and the after marks left by acne, pimples, or pox on the skin. This oil also speeds up the growth of new tissues and cells in the affected area to give it a brand new look. These new tissues will replace the old and damaged tissues of the scars so the scars will ultimately fade away.

Potentially Decongestant

This essential oil also opens up any congestion of the lungs, bronchi, larynx, pharynx, trachea and the nasal tracts by clearing out the deposition of phlegm in those areas. This helps you breathe easier and guarantee a good sleep at the end of the day.

Maybe An Expectorant

The expectorant property of this oil may loosen 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.

Can Act As An Febrifuge

This oil helps to lower body temperature during fevers by fighting the infections that cause the fever and by promoting sweat. This also helps to detoxify the blood to some extent, thereby promoting faster relief from fever.

Possibly An Insecticide

It kills insects (barring cockroaches and a few other very stubborn survivors) and also keeps them away. This can be used in sprays and vaporizers to achieve this effect and keep your area insect-free.

Can Act As An Stimulant

It is a stimulant for the systems functioning inside the body. Niaouli oil may stimulate blood circulation as well as the secretion of hormones, enzymes, and other juices while also stimulating metabolic processes. These include digestion, absorption, and excretion. In this way, it stimulates growth and strengthens immunity. [2]

Possibly A Vermifuge

Niaouli essential oil might kill intestinal worms. It may be effective on both roundworms and tapeworms. The presence of worms obstructs the normal physical and mental growth and also interferes with the absorption of nutrients by the body. The use of this oil can eliminate this obstructed growth by eliminating the worms responsible for the condition. It can also be safely given to children, who suffer from worms more often than adults.

Possibly A Vulnerary

The essential oil of niaouli helps your wounds heal faster and might keep them protected from infections when applied as an external application on the wounds mixed with any lotion or cream. This oil is equally beneficial in healing internal wounds, cuts, and ulcers. It activates the leucocytes and platelet particles in the infected place and prevents the intrusion of microbes. The disinfectant property of this oil itself inhibits microbial infections or growth in the affected place.

Other Benefits

It tones up the digestive system, cures skin infections, clears up congestion of oily skin and can be used as an antidote against insect bites and sting.  It is also effective against boils, abscesses, acne, and rashes.

Word of Caution: It is a non-toxic, non-sensitizing, and non-irritating substances. No other potent threats have been found.

Blending: The essential oil of niaouli blends well with the essential oils of coriander, fennel, juniper, lavender, lime, pine, and peppermint.

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About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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