Organic Bay Laurel Essential Oil
Laurel, Laurel Tree, Sweet Bay
- Certified Organic Versatile Bay Laurel Essential Oil powerfully addresses colds and congestion, stimulates digestion, the intellect and creativity, and can even help with developing a stronger, more confident feeling about oneself.
Farming Method Certified Organic Country of Origin Croatia Plant Part Leaf Scientific Name Laurus Nobilis Application Method Compress, Diffusion, Inhalation, Topical
Bay Laurel is a potent essential oil helpful for mental enhancement, removing mucous from respiratory channels, soothing indigestion, healing skin conditions and strengthening immunity. Its antiseptic and mucous-clearing effects make it a practical oil to have on hand for colds and congestion.
The herbal scent of Bay Laurel Essential Oil is familiar to the nose, as it is the same bay that is dried and used in the kitchen to season soups. Bay Laurel Oil, however, has a sweeter, fresher scent than you will get from sniffing an open jar of dried bay leaves; the oil has several potent therapeutic benefits, both mental and physical.
Bay Laurel Oil has the ability to enliven creativity, courage and a grander sense of self. No wonder in ancient times wreaths of bay laurel leaves were used to decorate the heads of political leaders.
“The oil is best suited to writers, poets, painters, musicians and creative artists—those with psychic tendencies who depend on intuition and inspiration for their work. It promotes confidence, insight and courage.” Aromatherapy and the mind, Lawless J, as cited in The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Battaglia.
Here is how to use Bay Laurel essential oil for various conditions:
Topical Application for localized use on the skin: Dilute up to 2-4% (10-20 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil). Whole body massage is not recommended. See precautions below.
Compresses: Dilute up to 2-4% in hot or cold water (10-20 drops per tablespoon of water). See precautions below.
- Mental functioning: Diffusion.
- Lack of energy, mental fatigue, self-doubt, nervous conditions, low self-esteem: Diffusion.
- Colds, congestion, bronchitis and other respiratory conditions: Direct Inhalation from the diffuser, Steam Inhalation (except in the case of asthma).
- Acne, skin inflammation or infections: Topical Application for a short period of time.
- Gas, bloating, stomach pains: Topical Application to the abdomen, Compresses
- Overall liver and kidney tonic: Topical Application to the torso, Compresses.
Bay Laurel Essential Oil is generally regarded as safe, but even Amrita’s very mild oil should be diluted when applied to the skin. It should not be applied to mucous membranes other than by inhalation. Do not use Bay Laurel regularly on the skin for an extended period of time, or skin irritation and sensitization may occur. Do not use during pregnancy.
Bay Laurel, Laurus Nobilis in Latin, has traditionally been a gift for those who have ascended to the grand heights of human development. In the Middle Ages, celebrated artists, thinkers and academics began to be honored as “Laureates.”
“A garland of woven laurel leaves was awarded as a symbol of honour or victory in Rome. In the Middle Ages, distinguished men were crowned with a wreath of berried laurel, hence the term Poet Laureate. University graduates were known as bachelors from the Latin baccalaureus (bacco, a berry, and laureus, of laurel). They were forbidden to marry as it was believed that this would distract them from their studies.” Essential oil crops, Weiss EA, as cited in The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Battaglia.
About the Plant.
Bay Laurel is an evergreen tree that grows up to 60 feet tall. It produces lustrous dark green leaves and berries. The leaves and small branches are crushed and steam distilled to produce this very therapeutic essential oil.
The Bay Laurel from North Africa contains too much 1.8 cineol. The hot climate makes it too sharp. We prefer a mild, slightly sweet Bay Laurel as it grows in South East Europe. However, most of the South Eastern producers distill it too harshly. We luckily found a distiller who distills gently and produces a fabulous oil
Scent: Bay Laurel has a camphor-like scent and sensation, and a sweetish, herbal aroma similar to the scent that a dried bay leaf lends to soups.
Blends With: Eucalyptus, Juniper, Lemon, Neroli, Rosemary.
Fragrance Note: Top.
Composition: Cineol, pinene, linalool, terpineol acetate.