Niaouli Essential Oil

About the plant

Common Names Broad-leaved paperbark, Paper bark tea tree
Latin Name Melaleuca viridiflora, Melaleuca quinquenervia
Botanical Family Myrtaceae
Plant Detail Shrub or small tree usually growing up to 10m tall (sometimes twice that height), with white, brownish or grey papery bark, an open canopy and spikes of cream, yellow, green or red flowers.
Flowering Period Any time of the year, most commonly in winter.
Native Region Northen Australia, New Guinea

About the Niaouli Essential Oil

Inci Name MELALEUCA VIRIDIFLORA LEAF OIL
Essential Oil Name Niaouli Essential Oil
Origin Madagascar
Part Used Leaves
Scent Balsamic, green, fresh, camphorous
Extraction Method Steam distillation
Production Between 6 and 10 ML of Niaouli essential oil with 1KG of plant*

*Faucon, M. Traité d’aromathérapie scientifique et médicale : fondements & aide à la prescription. (Sang de la terre, 2015).

Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.

Niaouli Essential Oil has been around for hundreds of years, but it’s only recently that it has been correctly identified and classified botanically. Although it’s physically similar to several other plants, Niaouli Oil has a multitude of benefits in its own right.

Here’s all you need to know about Niaouli Essential Oil in aromatherapy, and how it can transform your skin, body and health.

What is Niaouli Essential Oil used for?

  • Heal: Thanks to its cicatrising properties, Niaouli Essential Oil is the ultimate healer. When applied topically to the epidermis, Niaouli Oil works to stimulate cellular regeneration to reduce the appearance of acne scars, blemishes and small imperfections.
  • Purify: With potent antibacterial elements, Niaouli Oil can be used to deeply purify the skin. It penetrates pores and cleanses the skin from harmful impurities such as toxins, pollution and free radicals. The result is a glowing complexion, smooth and renewed. For acne, oily-prone skin, also look to Oregano Oil and Juniper Berry Oil to really cleanse your complexion.
  • Lift: Not only does Niaouli Essential Oil heal the skin, but its ability to trigger cell and tissue regeneration lifts it, too. If ageing is your primary concern, Niaouli Oil tones and regenerates your complexion to leave you with a youthful radiance. Also look to Lemon Oil and Sandalwood Oil to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Where does Niaouli Essential Oil come from?

The large Niaouli tree is native to Australia, New Caledonia and the French Pacific Islands. With a flexible trunk, spongy bark, pointy leaves and delicate pale-yellow flowers, the Niaouli plant actually comes from the same family as the Eucalyptus.

Through a process of steam distillation, Niaouli Essential Oil is extracted from the young leaves and twigs of the plant.

History of Niaouli Essential Oil

  • Welcome to the world: Centuries ago, newborn babies were wrapped in the bark of the Niaouli to provide them with strength and protection.
  • Coffee wounds: Dr Couic Marinier explains, “A French industrialist observed that local coffee pickers treated their wounds by using the mingled leaves of the Niaouli tree to prevent infection.” The industrialist took a sample back to France to analyse and it was discovered that it had powerful healing and antiseptic properties.
  • An early ingredient: Thanks to its antiseptic qualities, Niaouli Oil was used in French hospital obstetric wards.

Facts about Niaouli Essential Oil

  • A fiery plant: Niaouli trees produce a high yield of oil, which is great for commercial use but can be dangerous in the wild. In forest fire scenarios, the high oil content in the trees make them extremely susceptible to fire and difficult to extinguish.
  • A confusing oil: Niaouli Oil is often confused with Tea Tree Oil due to their extremely similar properties and smells.
  • A natural repellent: Thanks to it pungent scent and ability to act as an insecticide, Niaouli Oil is the ideal ingredient to naturally repel unwanted pests.

Adopt the power of Niaouli Essential Oil in your daily rituals and reap numerous rewards for your skin, body and mind.