Bay Laurel Oil
Bay laurel oil ….. In Greek mythology, Daphne was the personification of the laurel tree. She was the beautiful daughter of a river god and lived a pastoral existence and rejected every lover. When Apollo pursued her, she prayed to Gaea or to her father to save her. She was transformed into a laurel. Apollo took its leaves to weave garlands that were thereafter awarded to prize- winning poets.
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 - France, Spain, Italy, China, Israel, Turkey, Morocco, and Russia
Traditional Use - Bay oil was very popular with the Romans, who thought Bay was a symbol of wisdom, peace and protection.
Properties - Analgesic, anesthetic, antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, aperitive, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, hypotensive, sedative.
Benefits - Loss of appetite, arthritis, colds, flatulence, high blood pressure, infections, lymphatic congestion, rheumatism, insomnia. Add bay to a massage oil to help with fluid retention.
Blends Well With - Bergamot, ginger, orange, patchouli, rosemary, ylang-ylang, pine, cypress, juniper, lavender, frankincense, clary sage, olibanum, labdanum, citrus & spice oils.
Safety Data –
Bay laurel oil
has high eugenol content and may irritate the skin and mucus membranes, so use with caution. Avoid this oil during pregnancy.
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