Niaouli is a tree in the same family as eucalyptus and tea tree. It has shown significant antimicrobial action and may also be helpful in warding off mosquitos and other pests. People use niaouli in aromatherapy for mild respiratory complaints.
Niaouli was grown in the Everglades to help drain swamps, and has since then expanded at a large rate and become a weed in the area.
Niaouli has shown significant antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral activity in vitro. It has also shown insecticidal, larvicidal action against multiple mosquito species in compliance with WHO testing standards. With its 1,8-cineole constituent, it has also shown potential as an anti-parasite, to enhance drug absorption, to help boost immunity, and as a respiratory aid. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Latin Name: Melaleuca quinquenervia
Niaouli is a small paper bark tree with thick oval leaves, yellow flowers, and woody seed carriers.
The plant is harvested from the wild. Leaves and twigs are steam distilled to create a light, slightly oily feel that is colorless or pale yellow with a camphorous, woodsy, sweet aroma similar to eucalyptus.