Bay Laurel or Laurel Leaf

Bay Laurel- AroMed's Laurus nobilis is certified organic and steam distilled in Canada. The leaves and twigs are steam distilled. It is in the lauraceae plant family, is a middle-top note and has a fresh, sweet, spicy, fresh, balsamic aroma.(I have a friend that thinks it smells like juicy fruit gum!)
Uses:

  • A great antiseptic and decongestant for the respiratory system, helpful with bronchitis
  • Effective as an appetite stimulant and for decreasing intestinal gas
  • Considered an excellent “cerebral stimulator” therefore increasing attention and confidence.
  • Bay is also reputed to stimulate hair growth and tackle dandruff.
  • Its antiseptic qualities make it useful for boils, abscesses and acne
  •  An effective diuretic, it is particularly good at moving lymph and decreasing edema
  • May stimulate menses

Emotional Support- it is widely considered the go-to oil to help you rally your courage. It also encourages fortitude, inspiration, protection, direction and creativity.

Suggested Use - No More Gas! Combine 5 drops of bay laurel, along with 3 drops each bergamot, sweet marjoram and peppermint to 1 ounce of unscented lotion or carrier oil, like jojoba. Massage onto belly in a clockwise manner after eating to stimulate digestion while decreasing intestinal gas.

Blends well with: bergamot, orange, eucalyptus, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, peppermint, ravintsara, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, ginger, juniper berry, lavender, patchouli, pine, rosemary, ylang ylang

Notes of interest: The term “Poet Laureate” came from the Middle Ages, when distinguished citizens were crowned with a wreath of berried laurel.

Modes of Application: topical- massage, compress, bath, skin care, salve Inhalation- direct inhalation, diffuser, steam inhalation 

Safety data: Do not use with children under 5 related to the 1,8 cineole content. Avoid during pregnancy.  Skin sensitization possible if used over a three week period, or when using old and/or oxidized oils. Essential Oils are typically used through inhalation and topical application while properly diluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner to address a specific health need, for a specified amount of time. Keep away from children and pets.

Resources:
Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003.

Tisserand, R and Young, R. Essential Oil Safety, A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition, Churchill Livingston Elsevier, 2014.

Worwood, V.A. Aromatherapy for the Soul, New World Library, 1999.

Please note: Information and statements provided by AroMed Aromatherapy and Lauren Andrews RN, CA, have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health condition or disease. Information and interest only. The information is not designed for self-diagnosis. If you are concerned about a healthcare issue, see your doctor, specialist or ND. Please note that AroMed Aromatherapy accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products.


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