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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Ananda Adds Niaouli and Spearmint Essential Oils

Two new essential oils have been added to our collection at the Ananda Apothecary: Niaouli oil and Spearmint oil.

Niaouli essential oil, from Melaleuca quinquenervia viridiflora (or MVQ), is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of an evergreen tree native to Australia - similar in appearance and aroma to Eucalyptus. Now cultivated in Spain, the leaves of the tree are strongly fragrant when crushed, with a strong, slightly sweet, fresh, camphoraceous aroma, considered a 'middle note'.

Niaouli oil is considered an analgesic, antiseptic, bactericide, cicatrisant, insecticide, decongestant and vermifuge. It's aroma is stimulating and uplifting; it clears the head and may aid in concentration. Niaouli oil is considered an excellent antiseptic for treating pulmonary infections such as bronchitis and sinusitis. For respiratory problems blends well with Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Pine, Myrtle, and Ravensara (another favorite for respiratory infections).

Niaouli may be used in place of Tea Tree oil when the smell of Tea Tree is found objectionable due to its somewhat medicinal aroma. The medicinal and aromatic properties of the two are considered similar, with Niaouli having a somewhat less harsh scent - and being more commonly used for respiratory conditions.

Spearmint oil (organic) is first and formost considered the more gentle version of Peppermint oil, suitable for use with children and others who may find peppermint too strong. Spearmint is valued around the world as a culinary herb, and for it's gentle medicinal properties.

Spearmint oil is sweeter than peppermint - peppermint will have an immediate strong aroma of menthol, whereas spearmint will have a sweet quality at the same time. Botanists consider peppermint to be a hybrid of spearmint and 'water' mint - an even sharper cousin in the mint family.

Spearmint oil is cleansing and uplifting, and the aroma will help sharpen the senses. For digestive complaints, on can take one or two drops internally, or dilute and rub on the stomach region. For bringing alertness, a drop or more can be inhaled directly from a handkerchief, or the oil can be used in a diffuser. Spearmint is also considered an excellent headache remedy - rubbing a small amount into the temples can be effective.

*The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

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