Niaouli essential oilEssential Oils for skincare

About Niaouli

INCI name
Essential oil name
Niaouli essential oil
Part used
Balsamic, green, fresh, camphorous
Extraction method
Steam distillation
Between 6 and 10 ML of Niaouli essential oil with 1KG of plant*
*Faucon, M. Traité d’aromathérapie scientifique et médicale : fondements & aide à la prescription. (Sang de la terre, 2015).

About the plant

Common names
Broad-leaved paperbark, Paper bark tea tree
Latin name
Melaleuca viridiflora, Melaleuca quinquenervia
Botanical family
Plant detail
Shrub or small tree usually growing up to 10m tall (sometimes twice that height), with white, brownish or grey papery bark, an open canopy and spikes of cream, yellow, green or red flowers.
Flowering period
Any time of the year, most commonly in winter.
Native region
Northen Australia, New Guinea

Our expert Dr Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.

Niaouli Essential Oil has been around for hundreds of years, but it’s only recently that it has been correctly identified and classified botanically. Although it’s physically similar to several other plants, Niaouli Oil has a multitude of benefits in its own right.

Here’s all you need to know about Niaouli Essential Oil in aromatherapy, and how it can transform your skin, body and health.

Benefits of Niaouli Essential Oil

1. Antiseptic

Niaouli Oil has potent antiseptic properties that can fight against and eliminate various bacteria, fungi, viruses and microbes.

Dr Couic Marinier adds, “Niaouli Essential Oil can act as a ‘guardian’ and stops these harmful elements from penetrating the body to prevent any further infection”.

2. Cicatrisant

With its ability to heal wounds, Niaouli Oil has powerful cicatrising properties. Whether you’re looking to minimise the appearance of scars or other blemishes, Niaouli Essential Oil can regenerate skin cells and tissues to heal skin imperfections.

3. Stimulant

Niaouli Essential Oil acts as a stimulant for multiple processes and systems within the body. It stimulates blood circulation and hormonal secretion as well as the digestive system to promote improved bodily functioning.

4. Boosts respiratory system

As both an expectorant and decongestant, Niaouli Essential Oil has the power to relieve congestion and excess phlegm in the respiratory system.

According to Dr Couic Marinier, “Niaouli Oil is particularly good for treating respiratory infection”.

5. Reduce fever

Niaouli Oil is a febrifuge, which means that it helps to lower body temperature during fevers by fighting infections and promoting sweating.

To some extent, this also helps to detoxify the body and eliminate the cause of infection to promote faster relief from fever.

What is Niaouli Essential Oil used for ?


Thanks to its cicatrising properties, Niaouli Essential Oil is the ultimate healer. When applied topically to the epidermis, Niaouli Oil works to stimulate cellular regeneration to reduce the appearance of acne scars, blemishes and small imperfections.


With potent antibacterial elements, Niaouli Oil can be used to deeply purify the skin. It penetrates pores and cleanses the skin from harmful impurities such as toxins, pollution and free radicals. The result is a glowing complexion, smooth and renewed.

For acne, oily-prone skin, also look to Oregano Oil and Juniper Berry Oil to really cleanse your complexion.


Not only does Niaouli Essential Oil heal the skin, but its ability to trigger cell and tissue regeneration lifts it, too.

If ageing is your primary concern, Niaouli Oil tones and regenerates your complexion to leave you with a youthful radiance. Also look to Lemon Oil and Sandalwood Oil to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Where does Niaouli Essential Oil come from ?

The large Niaouli tree is native to Australia, New Caledonia and the French Pacific Islands. With a flexible trunk, spongy bark, pointy leaves and delicate pale-yellow flowers, the Niaouli plant actually comes from the same family as the Eucalyptus.

Through a process of steam distillation, Niaouli Essential Oil is extracted from the young leaves and twigs of the plant.

History of Niaouli Essential Oil

Welcome to the world

Centuries ago, newborn babies were wrapped in the bark of the Niaouli to provide them with strength and protection.

Coffee wounds

Dr Couic Marinier explains, “A French industrialist observed that local coffee pickers treated their wounds by using the mingled leaves of the Niaouli tree to prevent infection.” The industrialist was took a sample back to France to analyse and it was discovered that it had powerful healing and antiseptic properties.

An early ingredient

Thanks to its antiseptic qualities, Niaouli Oil was used in French hospital obstetric wards.

Facts about Niaouli Essential Oil


A fiery plant

Niaouli trees produce a high yield of oil, which is great for commercial use but can be dangerous in the wild. In forest fire scenarios, the high oil content in the trees make them extremely susceptible to fire and difficult to extinguish.


A confusing oil

Niaouli Oil is often confused with Tea Tree Oil due to their extremely similar properties and smells.


A natural repellent

Thanks to it pungent scent and ability to act as an insecticide, Niaouli Oil is the ideal ingredient to naturally repel unwanted pests.

Adopt the power of Niaouli Essential Oil in your daily rituals and reap numerous rewards for your skin, body and mind.