Melaleuca quinquenervia (broad-leaved paperbark) is the most damaging of 60 exotic species introduced to the Florida Everglades to help drain low-lying swampy areas. Introduced in the early 20th century, it has become a serious invasive species, with damaging effects including the displacement of native species, reduction in wildlife habitat, alteration of hydrology, modification of soil, and changes in fire regimes. The area of infestation has increased 50-fold over 25 years. – from wikipedia
Niaouli (aka true niaouli) (Melaleuca quinquenervia)
Appearance: 60 foot-high tree with peeling white bark; has fluffy white bottlebrush flowers
Parts used: leaves and twigs
It has long been used in indigenous medicine. A wealth of information on it is here.
Oil appearance: colorless to pale yellow
Therapeutic uses: bronchitis, respiratory tract disorders, influenza, sinus congestion, sore throat, cough, colds, uterine infection, rheumatism, muscular injury, rashes, pimples, acne, herpes, wounds, cuts, grazes, insect repellent
Precautions: not to be used on babies or young children
Muscle and Joint Pain Blend
–from Mom Prepares
10 drops Niaouli EO
8 drops Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)EO
5 drops Black pepper (Piper nigrum)EO
5 drops Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana)(winter mountain)
Mix the oils well in a small dark glass bottle. To use, add five drops of the blend to a teaspoon of sweet almond or other carrier oil and rub on the affected muscle or joint.