Bay laurel essential oil has been used for home remedies for bronchitis, rheumatoid arthritis and colds since Ancient Greece and Rome. Greek physician Galen also used it for edema and a liver stimulant in 165 AD and it became an established home remedy.
As a home remedy for gas, bloating and slow digestion it is often combined with Marjoram or corainder. For colds and bronchitis, add eucalyptus or pine. for a natural home remedy.
Spiritually, in the Middle Ages the laurel or bay leaf tree was often planted in front of a house for protection, defense against disease and to promote success. It symbolically represents victory and brings back memories of the Olympic Athletes and Ancient Romans who wore it as a wreath on the crown of their head.
What is the Genus Species? Laurus nobilis. Common names include: Sweet Bay, Sweet Laurel, and Bay Leaf.
Why is this information important? It’s always important to know your genus species of your oil. Just the common name on the bottle doesn’t really tell you exactly what you’re getting.
The Laurel family contains up to 4,000 species of plants including avocado, cinnamon and the camphor tree. Many of them are not medicinal, so make sure you know what you are using for the appropriate application. For instance, many of us use the California or Indian species of bay leaf for cooking; but the medicinal species cited here is from Europe.
Where did the name come from? Lauris comes from the Latin word meaning “to praise”; and nobilis comes from the Latin word meaning “renowned or famous”.
What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves and twigs
What is the ORAC Value? 98,900 µTE/100g
Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Oranges = 750; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that the Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the Laurel Tree had prophecy and divination powers? Yes, and if they took shelter under the tree they were divinely protected during thunder and lightning storms!
What are the Plant Properties? Analgesic, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, anticoagulant, anti-convulsant, anti-fungal, digestive, diuretic, mucolytic and neurotonic.
What are the Documented Uses and Benefits of Bay Laurel Essential Oil? Appetite (loss of), arthritis, asthma, bacterial infection (Staph, Strep, E. coli), bronchitis, Candida, colds, concentration (poor), dyspepsia, flatulence, flu, fungal infection, gingivitis, hair loss (following infection), indigestion, nerve regeneration, oral infection, pediculosis, respiratory infection, rheumatoid arthritis, scabies and viral infection.
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its sweet fresh and spicy aroma is relaxing and balancing.
What is the Spiritual Influence? Bay laurel essential oil heightens awareness and perception. Expect intuitive, clairvoyance and clairaudience skills to be amplified. Because the mind is relaxed, one will be able to receive messages better and have confidence in the process as well.
Laurel oil also integrates the emotional and mental bodies which helps to release blocks to embodying personal power or fear of personal power.
Those who would like to open or enhance their creative side will like to use this oil in their work and during meditation. Laurel oil integrates the emotional and metal bodies
What Chakra is Affected? Sacral and heart chakra.
What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Yellow-green
How do I use it?
Use 50:50 dilution. Then,
• Apply several drops (2-4) on location • Apply to chakras/vitaflex points • Directly inhale • Diffuse, or
• May be used as a dietary supplement.
Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes. Good for soreness and bruising; and respiratory challenges.
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus and pine products and oils in particular. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? Only therapeutic grade essential oils should be used for healing results. Bay laurel essential oil is Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA. Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age. Repeated use may cause contact sensitization and this oil should be avoided during pregnancy.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that Laurel was worn on the head like a crown by Generals, Emperors and Athletes? Yes, it was a symbol for victory, achievement and protection.
Did you that schools were crowned with Laurel when they completed their Secondary Education? Yes, once again it symbolized achievement and success.
Place on the crown chakra to increase intuitive awareness, build confidence in self, and break through self limitation.
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