Bay Laurel Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Laurus nobilis
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distillation
Parts Used: Leaves and twigs
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Strong, spicy, medicinal, herbaceous
Largest Producing Countries: Morocco, France, and Spain
Traditional Use: Bay oil was very popular with the Romans. They thought bay was a symbol of wisdom, peace, and protection.
Properties: Analgesic, anesthetic, antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, aperitive, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, sedative
Benefits: Arthritis, colds, flatulence, infections, lymphatic congestion, loss of appetite, rheumatism, insomnia.
Blends Well With: Bergamot, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, ginger, juniper, lavender, orange, patchouli, pine, rosemary, ylang ylang
Of Interest: The nymph Daphne escaped Apollo's attentions by being transformed into a tree. Since Apollo could not have her as his wife he took this tree, the bay laurel, as his emblem.
Safety Data: Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.