19 November 2008

Bay Laurel oil is unique in aromatherapy with a broad spectrum of effects from its diverse molecular components. It is the Mediterranean varieties that are preferred in aromatherapy use

Botanical Name
Laurus nobilis

Origin
Mediterranean island of Crete

Color
Clear

Consistency/Viscosity
Thin

Perfumery Note
Top

Aroma
Herbacous, fruity, fresh, camphorous

Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium – Strong

Extraction Method
Steam Distilled

Constituents and Chemical Composition
a-pinene, B-pinene, myrcene, limonene, linalool, methyl chavicol, neral, a-terpineol, geranyl acetate, eugenol, cavicol

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Has been traditionally been used for its skin-supportive qualities and its uplifting aroma
  • Indicated for use where skin is infected with candida
  • Positive effects on the lymphatic system are undeniable
  • Rubbing a few drops of bay laurel on swollen lymph nodes will produce an immediately noticeable relieving effect
  • The oil has traditionally been used to alleviate digestive complaints, but its modern aromatherapy applications make use of its antiseptic, anti-microbial, expectorant, mucolytic, anti-bacterial and anti-infectious properties
  • It may be included in blends for breathing support, and the aroma may be more appreciated by some that other oils used for this purpose
  • Bay Laurel essential oil is indicated for nerve regeneration (blending with Helichrysum may be useful), as well as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Other: Amenorrhea, colds, flu, loss of appetite, tonsillitis
Precaution
  • Says can be narcotic
  • Can cause dermatitis
  • Should not be used in pregnancy
  • Alwaystest a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction
Blend With
Rosewood has a sweet, woodsy aroma that blends well with many other oils

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