Once you smell Niraouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia) you quickly remember the scent – it smells like Vapor Rub! And that’s because Niraouli is such an excellent expectorant that pharmaceutical companies have tried to replicate it’s many healing properties for respiratory ailments.
You may remember that while Eucalyptus is used commonly for colds and respiratory, it’s also toxic when taking internally so for example for children you need to be careful about inhalations, teas and infusions. However this very similar herb, Niraouli, has very similar properties, can be used the same way as Eucalyptus — but it’s non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitising.
Ways to use Niraouli
Niraouli is has many therapeutic properties but to name a few that you’ll benefit from the most ~ it’s analgesic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antimicrobial, decongestant, insecticide and stimulant. This means that it can be used for sinus infections, colds and flu, wounds and burns, insect repellent, energizing your day, helps in healing, muscle aches, arthritis and rheumatism and acne.
As an essential oil you can use Niraouli easily during sinusitis by doing steams or directly inhaling the oil by putting 2-3 drops in a tissue and breathing it in for a few minutes.
And after a long, long day and sore muscles ask your significant other to massage your back and legs using a mix of 1 oz sweet almond oil with 15 drops of Niraouli essential oil.