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BAY LAUREL ESSENTIAL OIL
BAY LAUREL (BAY LEAF) DESCRIPTION
The Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) tree is indigenous to Asia Minor from where it spread to the Mediterranean and then to other countries with similar climates. The tree can reach a height of 30 feet. Its fragrant, smooth, leathery dark-green leaves have been treasured for many centuries, both as a culinary seasoning and as a medicinal herb. The Bay Laurel leaf is oval, pointed and smooth, 1 to 3 inches long. When fresh, the leaves are shiny and dark green on the top with the underside lighter in color. When the Bay Laurel leaf is dried, the color is a matte olive green. When the aromatic oils are released the smell is warm and quite pungent. If you were to tasted the Bay Leaf it would be slightly bitter.
Bay Laurel trees have been cultivated from ancient times. Its leaves constituted the wreathes of Laurel that crowned emperors, heroes and victorious athletes in ancient Greece and Rome. The leaves also symbolized honor and wisdom to the ancient Greeks and Romans. In Biblical times and the Middle Ages, people thought Bay leaves would bring good and they saw it as a protection against evil and lightning. Triumphant athletes of ancient Greece were awarded Laurel garlands and were given to winners at Olympic games since 776 BC. Today, Grand Prix winners are adorned with Laurel wreaths.
Now, the leaves are valued as a seasoning in marinades, sauces, stews and fish. In addition, Bay Laurel leaves are treasured for their ability to alleviate a variety of health problems. The leaves' medicinal properties are due to the essential oil, which is extracted through a process of steam distillation. When applied externally, the oil's pain-relieving effects make it wonderful for treating muscle cramps, rheumatism, arthritis and sprains. It also promotes sweating and urination, which can help eliminate wastes. Use this oil in moderation, however, since it has a mild narcotic effect and is very strong, even in tiny amounts; be sure to dilute it first.
MYSTICAL LEGENDS AND OLD LORE
The leaf of the Bay Laurel, a native shrub of the lands surrounding the northern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean, has a mythic history. Ancient mythology recounts that Apollo pursued the uninterested nymph Daphne. Apollo stalked Daphne until the gods granted her protection by turning her into a Bay Laurel tree.
In the Greek language, the herb is still called "Dafni (Dhafni)", named for the myth of the nymph Daphne, who was changed into a laurel tree by Gaea (the ancient Greek goddess of the earth, mother of the Titans), who transformed her to help her escape Apollo's attempted rape. The fragrant Bay Laurel tree has always symbolized glory and honor. In ancient Greece, the Bay Leaf (laurel) was sacred to Apollo, the Greek Sun God; the leaf was also dedicated to Apollo’s son, Aesculapius, the God of Medicine. The roof of Apollo’s temple was made entirely of Bay Leaves for protection against disease, witchcraft, and lighting. Planted in the sacred groves near the healing temples, Bay Leaves were woven in the garlands and wreaths to honor the esteemed figures of the day, including artists, scientists, heroes, and great athletes. Emperors, heroes and poets wore wreaths of Laurel leaves.
According to legend the Delphi oracle chewed Bay leaves, or sniffed the smoke of burning leaves to promote her visionary trances. At the Temple of Delphi, which is dedicated to Apollo, the priestesses would eat bay leaves before diving the future. Because bay leaves are mildly narcotic, this may have helped induce the trance state. Even the roof of the temple was thatched Bay leaves. This roofing not only served as a sunscreen, but protection from lightning, disease, and evil spirits. Romans considered the Bay Laurel tree the best protection from thunderstorms.
As recently as the beginnings of the American era, superstition held that when Bay Laurel trees died, disaster followed.
BAY LAUREL LEAF USES & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE
Bay Laurel leaf works great to soothe the stomach and relieve flatulence. A tea made from the leaves soothes minor stomach upsets. It has also been shown, not by scientists, but by the people who drink the Bay Leaf tea, the tea has helped those with arthritis. The oil from the leaves is said to relieve the aches and pains of rheumatism, sprains, bruises, and skin rashes. When pulped, Bay leaves can be applied as an astringent to burns and bruises. Studies have shown Bay to have mildly narcotic and sedative effects on mice; therefore it can be tried in a tea before bed for better sleep, or after a stressful day. Science seems to be behind in research for the Bay, though Herbalists have added the Bay Laurel to toothpaste and deodorant because of its antibacterial action. It is also recommended as an external treatment for insect bites. There are Herbalists that also believe that the Bay is helpful in preventing migraine headaches and in aid digestive difficulties. Oil from ripe berries is used in liqueurs, perfume and in veterinary field. The acid from the leaves discourages moths. Research is under way for Bay Laurel Leaves to help regulate the body’s level of insulin, the hormone that carries blood sugar to the cells.
BAY LAUREL LEAF DOSAGES
Bay leaf comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For best results, read and follow product label directions. You can prepare Bay Laurel tea, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of crushed leaves per cup of boiling water, steep 10 minutes, then drain before drinking.
BAY LAUREL LEAF SAFETY & INTERACTION INFORMATION
Bay leaf is generally regarded as safe; however, it has been known to cause skin irritation for those prone to allergies. Some types of laurel plants are poisonous. It is important to use only Bay Laurel. There is some evidence to suggest that Bay leaf is a uterine stimulant so it should be avoided during pregnancy. Safety in young children, nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known. Please do not eat the dried leaves for they are sharp and can puncture the wall of the digestive tract.
BAY LAUREL ESSENTIAL OIL PROFILE
Botanical Name: Laurus nobilis
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distillation
Parts Used: Leaves and twigs
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Strong, spicy, medicinal, herbaceous
Largest Producing Countries: Morocco, France, and Spain
Analgesic, anesthetic, antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, aperitive, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, sedative
THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS & BENEFITS
The components phellandrene, pinene, terpineol and cineole account for Bay Laurel oil's soothing and relaxing properties. The oil alleviates pain and is very effective for treating bruises, sprains and arthritic and rheumatic pain when added with massage oils, baths and compresses. Bay Laurel oil also has an antispasmodic effect on colicky diarrhea. It is often used for treating colds, flatulence, infections, lymphatic congestion, loss of appetite, and insomnia. Add Bay Laurel to a massage oil to help with fluid retention. Bay Laurel oil is also used to treat headaches, migraines, muscle cramps, bronchitis, digestive problems, and menstrual pain.
BLENDING WITH OTHER OILS
Bay Laurel oil blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Ginger, Juniper, Lavender, Orange, Patchouli, Pine, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang essential oils.
To customize Bay Laurel oil blend, try experimenting with Rose, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus essential oils. All of these oils mix easily and effectively with Bay Laurel oil.
Bay Laurel Essential Oil is one of the strongest oils used in aromatherapy. It should never be used by women who are pregnant, since it may cause spotting. Avoid Bay Laurel oil while pregnant. The oil should also not be taken internally. In addition. Bay Laurel oil can irritate the skin and mucous membranes. Be sure to always dilute the oil well and use it in very small amounts.
Essential and resin oils are volatile fragrant materials extracted from the root, bark, wood, seed, fruit, leaf or flower of a single plant. Essential oils contain the odor, taste and medicinal properties of the plant itself, but in very concentrated form with no base oil, alcohol Water or dilutants added. Essential oils are very potent and should always be used sparingly and in conjunction with a reliable reference.
FOR A SENSE OF PEACE
The warm scent of Bay Laurel oil, which resembles that of cinnamon, helps to relax the mind and body. The fragrance clears your mind, eliminating stress and anxiety. To create a sense of peace, warmth and security, add this oil blend to an aromatherapy lamp.
Place the oils together in a diffuser or aromatherapy lamp.
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FOR A WARMING, CALMING BATH
Bay Laurel oil's warm, slightly sweet scent helps to impart a sense of mind and body.
Add 2 drops Bay Laurel Essential Oil to a tubful of warm bathwater.
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The scent of Bay Laurel oil can help to thin the mucus in the bronchial tubes while easing coughs. A steam inhalation is the best way to do this.
Fill a bowl with hot water and add 2 to 3 drops Bay Laurel Essential Oil to it. Inhale the vapors.
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TO EASE HEADACHES
Since Bay Laurel oil possesses gentle anesthetic and pain-relieving properties, it can alleviate headaches and migraines.
Add 3 drops Bay Laurel Essential Oil to a bowel of cool water. Dip a small towel or cloth in it. Wring out the excess liquid and place the cloth on your forehead. If necessary, repeat after about 5 minutes.
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TO PROMOTE HAIR GROWTH
A shampoo containing a few drops of Bay Laurel oil helps to stimulate circulation in the scalp. When used regularly, it promotes healthy, strong hair growth and adds shine.
Add 2 drops Bay Laurel Essential Oil to 8 ounces of mild and Neutral-Scented/Unscented Shampoo or Castile Soap and shake it thoroughly. Be sure to keep it away from your eyes.
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MASSAGE OIL FOR PAIN
A massage oil with some Bay Laurel oil added to it can help alleviate pain from bruises, muscle cramps and sprains.
Mix 6 drops Bay Laurel Essential Oil and 4 drops Juniper Essential Oil and Rosemary Essential Oil with 3 tablespoons of Sweet Almond Oil or Avocado Oil. Mix it thoroughly and rub the blend into the affected areas several times each day.
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BAY LAUREL COMPRESSES & WRAPS
Compresses and wraps with Bay Laurel oil help heal bruises and swelling.
Mix cold water, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Bay Laurel essential oil. Dip a clean towel in the liquid, wring out the excess and apply the towel to the affected area. If you wixh, apply a bandage over it to hold it in place.
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BAY LAUREL PAIN RELIEF BATH
Bay Laurel oil can help alleviate rheumatic and menstrual pain when added to your bathwater.
3 tablespoons Milk
4 drops Bay Laurel Essential Oil
3 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
2 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Add the mixture to a tub of warm bathwater.
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MASSAGE OIL FOR ABDOMINAL CRAMPS
To relieve abdominal cramps blend these oils.
2 drops Bay Laurel Essential Oil
1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil
2 tablespoons Sweet Almond Herbal-Carrier Oil
Use blended oils to massage your crampy abdomen.
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