Common Name: Bay, laurel
Scientific Name: Laurus nobilis
Origin: Mediterranean region,
Synonyms: Bay, laurel, bay sweet, true bay and Mediterranean bay
Essential Oil Properties and Characteristics
Bay laurel essential oil is a pale-yellow to very pale-olive-green or almost colourless liquid of a fresh, strong but sweet, camphoraceous and spicy odour.
Origin and History
Bay laurel is an evergreen tree, up to 20m high; however, it is usually pruned to below 3m. The bark on mature trees is greyish and on younger stems it is smooth and shiny, often with a reddish tint.
It is believed to have originated in Asia Minor, but is now considered a native to the Mediterranean region. There are several botanical species known under the name bay. These include Pimenta racemosa, commonly known as West Indian bay, and Umbellularia california, commonly known as Californian bay. It is commonly planted in gardens as a hedge and in tubs to produce fresh leaves for culinary purposes.
Laurus nobilis was sacred to the god Apollo in classical Greece. According to legend, when Daphne, the nymph daughter of the earth goddess Gaia, was pursued by Apollo, slayer of her bridegroom, she entreated the gods for assistance, who changed her into a laurel tree. Apollo then crowned himself with a circle of laurel leaves, and declared the tree sacred to his divinity.
Bay laurel has long been used in herbal medicine.
Method of Extraction
Bay laurel essential oil is extracted by steam-distillation of the leaves and branchlets.
Precautions During Use (Contraindications)
Bay laurel essential oil is generally regarded as safe. Frequent use of bay laurel oil on the skin over a longer period of time (approximately 3 weeks) can result in sensitisation and irritations.
Bay laurel essential oil is excellent for use on the hair as a stimulant and a tonic. It is also good for everyday aches and pains. It is known to be a natural antiseptic.
Bay laurel essential oil blends well with the clove bud, lime, lavender, lemon, geranium, rosemary, mandarin, orange, nutmeg, ginger and ylang ylang
Source: Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, 2003, ISBN 0-6464-2896-9.
Product no.: PEO053
Bay laurel oil has a powerful, spicy-medicinal odor, just like the Bay leaves used in cooking. Bay laurel oil has uplifting and grounding properties and is said to clear mental confusion and clarify thought processes.
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Delivery weight: 45 g