Bay Laurel tree grows in temperate coasts. It originated from the east of Mediterranean and eastern seaboard of the Black Sea. For many years however, it has spread through the western and eastern parts of Europe.
Bay Laurel essential oil is produced by the process of steam distillation of its leaves. It has varying aroma depending on the place of production and cineol content. The essential oil extracted from France and Italy has a low cineol content so its scent is quite like that of Laurel leaves that is usually added in certain dishes. North Africa produces Bay Laurel essential oil that is high in cineol and its aroma is similar to eucalyptus.
The ancient Romans and Greeks both have superstitious beliefs about the Bay Laurel. They consider Bay Laurel wreaths as symbol of high rank, valor, and victory so they used it to give honour to victorious soldiers, and the like. They also believed that it has magical powers against bad omens and witchcraft. It has also been offered to Apollo’s son who’s believed to be the God of Medicine, Asclepios, to contradict bad luck and plagues of ailments.
In history, Hippocrates has used every part of this herb to treat specific type of illnesses. It was used topically and orally depending on the need. Bay Laurel has been used to relieve colic, kidney diseases, and indigestion.
To use Bay Laurel essential oil to treat arthritis and muscle strains and spasms, it should be thoroughly diluted with carrier oil and use as massage oil. It is seldom used in aromatherapy as it may trigger allergic reaction to people with sensitive skin. It blends well with eucalyptus, coriander, ginger, lavender, juniper, rose, thyme, ylang ylang, and rosemary.
Bay Laurel essential oil also helps in improving appetite for those who suffer from anorexia. If combined with eucalyptus oil, it is a better treatment for pneumonia and bronchitis because it can clear the airways. It is also used for regular hair care and can get rid of dandruff.
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I love the scent if this oil: like being in a spa! I have mixed it with aloe vera gel and use it on my face daily. It clears pores, tightens skin and the smell is oh so relaxing: VERY HAPPY.
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