The niaouli is a tree native to New Caledonia and Australia, which also grows in Madagascar. The essential oil of niaouli, formerly called “gomenol”, is obtained by distillation of the leaves of this plant. This essential oil has many health benefits: it has anti-infectious properties, especially at the respiratory and gynecological level, but is also used as a venous tonic.
Niaouli essential oil has anti-infectious properties
Thanks to its anti-infectious properties, niaouli essential oil is indicated against respiratory tract infections, whether viral or bacterial. It thins the mucus and has an expectorant power, which helps to fight against bronchitis, rhinitis, sinusitis or the flu.
Niaouli essential oil is also an ally against gynecological infections such as genital herpes, papillomavirus infections or even candidiasis.
In cases of viral gastroenteritis, niaouli essential oil can be effective because it helps cleanse the digestive system and prevents the virus responsible for the infection from replicating.
Niaouli essential oil: a good anti-bacterial
Niaouli essential oil is also an excellent anti-bacterial. It can therefore be used against staphylococcus aureus and streptococci, in particular responsible for bacterial angina.
Niaouli essential oil, an ally for the skin
The essential oil of niaouli can be used to fight dermatological infections, such as acne, furunculosis, eczema, chickenpox, psoriasis, herpes, yeast infections. And that’s not all: it is even effective against mosquito bites! Thanks to its protective properties, niaouli essential oil can also protect the skin during radiotherapy sessions.
Niaouli essential oil: a venous tonic
Niaouli essential oil is an excellent venous tonic. It firms the skin tissues and helps fight venous insufficiency: this ET is therefore a great ally in the event of hemorrhoids or varicose veins.
How to properly use niaouli essential oil?
The essential oil of niaouli can be used internally, that is to say orally, and externally, in other words by the cutaneous route and even in diffusion, in olfaction and in inhalation.
- Niaouli essential oil: what use against infections?
In case of respiratory tract infection, such as a cold, it is advisable to pour 3-5 drops of niaouli essential oil in a bowl of warm water and inhale this mixture for 10 minutes. Warning: the water should not be too hot, so as not to burn the respiratory tract.
To increase the effects of essential oil of niaouli against infections, it is possible to use a synergy of anti-viral essential oil, by mixing 4ml of essential oil of niaouli, 4 ml of essential oil of tea tree, 4 ml of ravintsara EO and 60 ml of apricot kernel or sesame vegetable oil for example. This mixture should then be placed in the palm of the hand, then applied in massage on the back, the torso and the arches of the feet once a day for seven days.
When used on a large area of the body such as the back or torso, niaouli essential oil should be diluted 20% in a massage oil. But it can also be used pure when the areas concerned are smaller. In prevention of influenza, essential oil of niaouli can thus be used in friction at the level of the plantar arch or on the spine.
Niaouli essential oil can also be used orally against infections. To do this, it is advisable to place two drops of this EO in a teaspoon of olive oil, almond puree or hazelnut puree, and consume this mixture three times a day for seven days.
- Niaouli essential oil: what use against burns?
Patients on radiotherapy can mix niaouli essential oil in apricot kernel vegetable oil, but always diluted at 20% in massage oil. To soothe burns, it is also possible to mix 50% niaouli essential oil with a vegetable oil of rosehip for example. This mixture should then be applied by massaging the area to be treated three to four times a day until healing.
- Niaouli essential oil: what use against muscle aches?
The essential oil of niaouli is also effective against aches of influenza origin or due to sports. To relieve them, it is possible to mix 8 to 10 drops of this EO in a tablespoon of neutral vegetable oil, such as arnica vegetable oil, before massaging the painful areas.
Niaouli essential oil: are there any contraindications and side effects?
The essential oil of niaouli is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women, children under three years old. It is also not recommended for people with a history of hormone-dependent cancer, those who are allergic to any of its components, such as limonene or linalool, as well as people with epilepsy or children who have already had hyperthermic convulsions. People with asthma should check that they tolerate niaouli essential oil well before using it.
thanks to Valentine Cabanel, naturopath and doctor of pharmacy in Paris.
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