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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — Q — quinquenervia, meleleuca (aka Niaouli)

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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

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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

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RECIPE

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.

31 thoughts on “A2Z 2020 — essential oils — Q — quinquenervia, meleleuca (aka Niaouli)

    1. Yes it is, Shweta. I think it never should have been planted in the Everglades. Just like the nutria that somebody brought up from South America and let loose in Louisiana, which is now destroying the habitat there. I just watched a documentary called “Rodents of Unusual Size” where nutria are pretty much 40# rats! They eat the vegetation along the waterways, which then washes the soil into the river.

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  1. Fun post – I wondered what you were going to choose for Q. I sort of compare Niaouli and Tea Tree, and although some people find Niaouli a bit more “medicinal” smelling, I find it somehow “softer” than Tea Tree. But I’m especially fascinated by the trees, also known as Paperbark.

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    1. I’m not sure if they are or not, but they should be! It will cause a lot of destruction of habitat for indigenous flora and the fauna that depend on that flora.

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  2. Where did these invasive species originate – they have gum trees – also swamp-loving, in Australia which are a paper-bark type of Eucalyptus but I don’t think it is these?

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    1. I think it is similar to eucalyptus. Principal places of production are Madagascar, Tasmania, Australia, and New Caledonia. They are in the same plant family of Myrtaceae.

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  3. I’m completely ignorant of all this information. So interesting.
    Can you imagine if your name was Quinquenervia? That would be super-unique. I love that word.

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    1. Principal places of production are Madagascar, Tasmania, Australia, and New Caledonia. I hear you on invasive species. In the city English sparrows and European starlings take over feeding stations. We have issues with purple loosestrife and phragmites pushing native plant species out just because someone thought they looked pretty in their garden. Nobody should have been allowed to do mass plantings of this tree in FL. It’s sheer stupidity!

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  4. Your A2Z series is quite educational. I’m learning about plants I’d never heard of and their beneficial properties. Doing things naturally is better than script or OTC if it works. Thanks for sharing and I’m sorry for the late return visit. I’ve fallen behind but I’ll catch up, my dear. Have a good day!

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