Botanical Name: Laurus nobilis
Country of Origin: Crete
Plant Part: Leaves
Distillation Method: Steam
About the Oil
Bay Laurel is an evergreen tree that grows up to 20 meters in height. It is native to the Mediterranean region and is a well-known spice found in the cusine of the area. The valued plant became a symbol of victory and honor to the Roman Empire and later wreaths of Bay Laurel leaves were placed on the heads of University graduates (called 'bachelors' from the Latin 'baccalaureus' or 'laurel berry').
Bay Laurel (commonly known as Laurel Leaf) essential oil is highly regarded in aromatherapy due to its unique, complex molecular structure. It contains elements of nearly all of the primary chemical groups that make up essential oils resulting in a broad range of therapeutic applications.
The essential oil has an herbaceous top note, reminiscent of a combination of mint and sage. This melds with a deeply-spiced nutmeg-clove middle note to deliver a wonderfully spicy medicinal aroma. Bay Laurel will blend well with other aromatics in the same family such as Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Clary Sage, as well as Pine, Juniper, and most spice oils.
Bay Laurel as an herb and spice has traditionally been used to alleviate digestive complaints.
Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature
Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antirheumetic, Antiseptic, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Fungicidal, Hypotensive, Sedative, Stomachic.
Bay Laurel (and other essential oils of Mediterranean plants) have been the subject of research into possible anti-viral properties. Bay Laurel is noted to have anti-viral action against the SARS coronavirus and SARS-CoV that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome.
Muscles and Joints
Application and Use
Bay laurel can be ingested to:
The deeply spiced and herbaceous scent when used topically in massage oils can calm the nervous system. Rubbing a few drops of bay laurel on swollen lymph nodes will produce an immediately noticeable effect.
Muscles & Joints
When used in correct proportion, Bay Laurel essential oil is non-toxic and a non-irritant, however individuals with skin sensitivities should use sparingly. Should not be used during pregnancy.