Australia—a continent, a colossal island and a nation all rolled into one—is the home of many fascinating and often mysterious plants and animals. The koala and the kangaroo—a pair of marsupials whose offspring spend their earliest months in mother’s protective pouch—share the honor of being the national symbols. Because the koala’s diet of mainly eucalyptus leaves provides so little energy, this cuddly “Teddy Bear” (named after President Theodore Roosevelt) sleeps 20 hours a day and spends a remarkably brief 4 minutes in actual daily activity. Equally interesting are Australia’s healing plants. Sharing family ties with the more popular tea tree and cajeput trees, niaouli yields an essential oil that is as effective, yet milder, than the therapeutic fluids that are steam distilled from its two cousins. While tea tree has found its way into hundreds of skin care products and cajeput remains the deepest of muscle penetrating massage oils, niaouli enjoys the distinction of being able to gradually eliminate scar tissue. This good news has given hope to sufferers of acne (or various poxes) whose cratered faces, necks and shoulders attest to the devastation that can accompany this common malady.
What does it do?
A marvelous decongestant, niaouli clears mucus from the lungs, larynx and nasal tracts, facilitating a breathe-easy, restful night. Non-toxic and non-irritating, niaouli helps wounds heal faster while preventing infections. The presence of intestinal parasites robs the human host of nutrients while lowering levels of vitality and healing ability. It is here that niaouli oil excels, dealing certain death to roundworms and tapeworms, as well as to blood-borne, disease-carrying amoebas.
About the herb
This stately tree hails from the Land Down Under, where it has been much valued by aborigines for centuries as an effective treatment for diarrhea and rheumatism. Producing a flower that is usually light green, niaouli also brightens the landscape with a bright red bloom that resembles a bottle brush. Because its spongy bark flakes off, the tree is known as flowering paperbark.
After adding 2 drops of niaouli oil to a bowl of hot water, cover your head with a towel and inhale the steamy vapors to banish the flu, colds and congested air passages. Avoid products containing niaouli oil during pregnancy.