Admired for its beautiful and aromatic leaves since the Greek & Roman renaissance, this evergreen shrub is native to Mediterranean countries. Representing victory, Bay Laurel as a medicine to these cultures for thousands of years to aid with aches, pains & is used for flavoring in many cultural dishes
– Aids in Menstrual Initiation (Emmenagogue)
– Bug Repellent
– Digestive Aid (Stomachic)
Aromatic Scent: Camphorous, cooling & refreshing ~ herbaceous with spicy overtones
Dr. Nick Notes
Laurel leaf is an incredibly potent, broad-spectrum anti-microbial agent that boasts comprehensive digestive support and aids in respiratory infections. Laurel essential oil is one of my first exploratory investments when I started experimenting with essential oils under John Steele’s guidance, wisdom and expansive apothecary. Laurel essential oil makes for a cool, dry, respiratory ingredient that is useful in reducing congestion or excessive phlegm.
Laurel offers moderately potent counter-irritant properties when applied topically and can be used for mild pains, aches or bouts of arthritis. With the potency of this essential oil, it’s important to dilute this Laurel into a carrier oil before topical application on the joints or chest to avoid irritation. During upset stomach or bloating, Laurel can be inhaled or applied to the abdomen (diluted) with a circular massage to address stomach upset.
Some friends in Ashland, Oregon once took me to their distillation facility and I had the opportunity to purchase some wildharvested Laurel essential oil. When exposed to the distillation of Laurel, I recognized the pungent, camphorous notes and the wild edge laurel expresses – the hydrosol makes for a wonderful mouthwash alone or in conjunction with water!
How to Use
- Add a few drops in a hot bath to help support rheumatic aches and pains
- For topical application, dilute in a carrier oil using 2.5% max and 0.5% for those with sensitive skin
- Add to a room diffuser using a couple drops for respiratory and asthmatic relief (recommended to blend with other oils due to it's abrasive nature)
- Topically for pain, inflammation, or colds onto the chest, see dilution above!
- Infuse with eucalyptus, howood, ravensara or peppermint for a potent respiratory tonic – use the palm-inhalation method or an Essential VAAAPP.
~ Be Blessed ~
Precautions: To be avoided during pregnancy; known to induce periods and abortions. The oil is to be diluted before external application.
Blends Well With: Himalayan Cedar, Eucalyptus Radiata, Geranium, Ginger, Howood, Juniper, Lavender, Peppermint, Ravensara, Rose, Rosemary, Thyme, Ylang Ylang
Country of Origin: USA / France
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Parts of Plant Used: Leaves
Terpenes: 1,8-Cineole, Pinene, Terpinyl acetate, Linalool, Sabinene, Methyleugenol, Eugenol, Camphene, Linalyl Acetate, Terpinen-4-ol, Terpineol, Myrcene, Borneol, Caryophyllene, Terpinolene, y-Terpinene
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Basak, S. S., & Candan, F. (2013). Effect of Laurus nobilis L. Essential Oil and its Main Components on α-glucosidase and Reactive Oxygen Species Scavenging Activity. Retrieved October 30, 2017, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3813252/
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product. *