Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia ct. 1,8-cineole)

Niaouli Description

Niaouli quinquenervia ct 1,8-cineole
Niaouli is an excellent oil for respiratory issues

Niaouli is often used to reduce lung and sinus congestion, and reduce and suppress a cough.

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Latin Name/ Botanical Family

Melaleuca quinquenervia ct. 1,8 cineole / Myrtaceae


Madagascar, Turkey, Corsica

Plant Parts Used

Leaves & Twigs

Extraction Method

Steam Distilled


Camphoraceous, Earthy, Fresh, Fruity, Lemony, Sweet, Warm & Radiant



Shelf Life

2-3 years

Key Chemical Components and Therapeutic Properties

There are several chemotypes of Melaleuca quinquenervia. This chemotype ct 1,8 cineole is particularly beneficial when used for coughs, colds, and rheumatism. Studies have shown that 1,8 cineole may be helpful for respiratory issues because of its anti-inflammatory effect on airways: Resulting in a possible reduction in the need for steroids.

Niaouli contains a significant percentage of 1,8-cinole, so it is an excellent choice for fighting infection. It also contains decent amounts of a-pinene and d-limonene giving it antiviral, antibacterial, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and immune stimulant properties.

The presence of a-terpineol gives this oil broad-spectrum antibacterial effects and is especially effective against bacteria related to acne and skin infections.

Niaouli is an excellent choice for colds and flu because it is an immune stimulant and very anti-infectious.

In addition, Niaouli can help reduce chronic inflammation and help heal damaged skin (cuts, burns, infections and acne) and can reduce muscle spasms and pain.

Combines Well With

Tea Tree, Saro, Ravintsara, and Helichrysum. Niaouli ct. 1,8 cineole has a very similar chemical makeup as Saro.

Blending Suggestions

  • Allergy Support: Blend 5 drops of Niaouli and Black spruce with 7 drops of Xanthoxylum. Add this blend to 2 oz. of unscented lotion. Apply to chest to help with allergies.
  • Steamer Blend: Add 1 drop ONLY in a bowl of steamy hot water. Close your eyes, cover your head with a towel and breathe for a few minutes.

Personal Notes

For younger clients or asthmatics you can substitute Niaouli with Cedarwood

Safety Concerns

  • If oxidized, it may cause irritation or sensitization.
  • It is too strong to use with babies or children under 10 years old.
  • Care must be taken when using with asthmatics because it could possibly start an attack. Before using in a blend, inhale this 1,8-cineole rich oil to be sure the aroma relaxes the chest and does not cause any sense of tightness.


Kehrl W, Sonnemann U, Dethlefsen U (2004) Therapy for acute nonpurulent rhinosinusitis with cineole: results of a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. 114:738-742

Tesche S, Metternich F, Sonnemann U et al. (2008) The value of herbal medicines in the treatment of acute non-purulent rhinosinusitis. Results of a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial. European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 265:1355-1359.

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