As a reminder, AMCC’s 358 Aromatherapy course offers you a list of essential oils to try at home for little ailments and big sleep (I am referring in particular to true lavender, for true relaxation 🙂
But theory is one thing, and practice is even more exciting!
For instance, this new essential oil is our series:
Niaouli – we’ll find in this article the different other names of Niaouli, when to use it and how do I manage with my new oil diffuser. I had a dream… about a
Doesn’t Niaouli sound exotic? Just thinking about the name and I already find myself in a distant land. By the way, this essential oil is also c
alled Paper Bark Tea Tree or Punk Tree. Ok now Punk Tree is a fun name. And it surely comes from the look of the plant – see picture on the right.
Tea Tree is another essential oil with the name Melaleuca that we have already seen but that we enjoy using and recycling (see my article on recycling in aromatherapy)
Since we are on the topic of names, Niaouli was once called Gomenol but it is ancient history, the marketing department of essential oils woke up and finally Gomenol fell into oblivion. In complicated name (surely Latin) Niaouli is Melaleuca quinquenervia cineolifera, and bad luck, we have to know the full name because there are other kinds of EO coming from the Melaleuca family. Nice to meet you, I’m Meyer.
Other Health Benefits of Niaouli?
Niaouli is an essential oil which is useful for preventing infectious problems (i.e. the cold and its derivatives). It stimulates our little white blood cells which sometimes need a boost to wake up and get to work. Sounds familiar? In the same vein, our two friends who have already met Ravintsara and Eucalyptus radiata, do the same kind of work. Now if the three come together, and we put them in diffusion (see below), will my little globules on two legs (my three sons) be stimulated to tidy up their room? I dream, I dream, it must be the name Niaouli that makes me dream …
- inflammation of the heart and arteries
- varicose veins, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, cholera (does anyone still have cholera?)
- chronic infections of the ENT area
- viral hepatitis
- psoriasis, acne, rosacea
- insect bites
- yeast infection
- dark circles or a sign of old age – a drop to put in the night cream
- oral herpes
- nervous breakdown (replacing essential oil of cinnamon for example)
Examples of Everyday Usage
- Add a drop to your facial cleanser or toothpaste. Be careful not to put your cleanser on the toothbrush and toothpaste on your face.
- Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use to clean household surfaces. We also had the lemon which was good for that.
- To be included as part of a soothing massage. However, it must be mixed with a base oil such as almond for example. Good massage!
- Diffuse with essential oils of Eucalyptus, Bergamot or Lavender for a soothing and pleasant aroma … On the other hand, perhaps not at the same time as the massage because there is a risk of respiratory complications: in diffusion + in the skin at the same time, that’s a lot for our little nostrils. These oils, as essential as they are, are no games.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women are out of the loop for Niaouli. Children: not recommend under 6 years old (i.e you can try but at your own risk.) It is prohibited by mouth in children with a history of epilepsy or febrile convulsions (this sounds like serious stuff, would NOT play around). Also not recommended in cases of mastosis or hormone-dependent cancers (breast, ovary, endometrium). Why? Not sure, check out our #358 course for more details.
So here I finally bought the essential oil diffuser I dreamed of, in a child version: a little dog’s head blowing smoke (therefore essential oil) and through the head there are luminous shapes that appear on the wall and in addition it makes small relaxing noises: birds, wind or flowing water (though it sounds a bit like a continued toilet flush).
Now comes a question I never thought of, because practice really makes perfect:
Is the “smoke” (the oil diffusion) lost if I open the window during the “broadcast” (definitely a show for my children)?
Answer from somewhere on google: It is recommended – during diffusion – to have at least one small opening in the room to allow air to pass. After the diffusion, we can open more to avoid choking completely. Sounds like a smart idea.
I’ve got to tell you, I’m really excited about this. My children don’t care so much about the smell (do they notice at all?) but they love the birds chipping and the lights on the wall. I really feel it’s working to calm them down, when I put some Lavender in. A visitor of mine was concerned they might fall asleep during the day because of it: I said it’s not that strong!
I dreamt there was a country, let’s call it Tahiti, where they had a special branch in their government for essential oils: The Minister of Essential Oils. When you walked in there office, suddenly you were filled with the special aromas from their oil diffuser. Plants were aligned near the office wall: eucalyptus, etc. In the backyard, trees grew from which essential oils were made. A water fountain was in the middle of the office space where an employee would put Jasmine essential oil once a day. They would give you samples of essential oils to take with you: one to put in your baby’s diaper at every change, ect.
They would clean their keyboards with a mix of niaouli oil and almond oil. The women would use shampoo with Jojoba and Ylang Ylang.
That’s what happens when you write for the AMCC blog: you wake up with that kind of thoughts in your head, following you the whole day… I even put some Jasmin oil in my baby’s bath (ONE drop) and at that moment she pooped. There goes my essential oil. But the essential of life still lingers around: joy… that, even Niaouli can’t bring.
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