Bay Laurel Essential Oil
also known as Bay or Laurel
Description and Uses: Bay Laurel essential oil (Laurus nobilis), also known as Sweet Bay or Laurel, is an uplifting oil that comes from bay leaves, well known in the culinary world. Laurel essential oil has a broad spectrum of uses, and is valuable in supporting digestive, respiratory, emotional and skin health.
Bay Laurel Essential Oil is part of our line of Artisan Quality Essential Oils.
Laurel leaves have been used to keep moths away, owing to the leaf’s lauric acid content that gives it insecticidal properties. Bay leaves have many properties that make them useful for treating high blood sugar, migraine headaches, bacterial and fungal infections, and gastric ulcers. Bay leaves and berries have been used for their astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emetic and stomachic properties. Bay Oil, or Oil of Bays (Oleum Lauri) is used in liniments for bruising and sprains. Bay leaf has been used as an herbal remedy for headaches. It contains compounds called parthenolides, which have proven useful in the treatment of migraines. Bay leaf has also been shown to help the body process insulin more efficiently, which leads to lower blood sugar levels. It has also been used to reduce the effects of stomach ulcers. Laurel Leaf contains eugenol, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Bay leaf is also an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and has also been used to treat rheumatism, amenorrhea, and colic.
More Info: Research shows that Bay Laurel essential oil has the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect of the essential oil was comparable to reference analgesics and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs: morphine and piroxicam.
Reference: Sayyah M, Saroukhani G, Peirovi A, Kamalinejad M (Aug. 2003). “Analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity of the leaf essential oil of Laurus nobilis Linn”. Phytother Res 17 (7): 733-6
- Do not take essential oils internally.
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution, refer to an aromatherapy text).
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- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner.
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