Laurel Essential Oil
Laurel is is a leafy evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean and European countries.
- Botanical Family: Lauraceae
- Other Common Names: Bay, Bay Laurel
- Part of Plant Used: Leaves
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: None
- Chemistry: Laurel is comprised of oxide/ethers (1,8 cineole), monoterpenes (a-pinene, sabinene), esters (a-terpenyle acetate), and phenylpropanoids (methyl eugenol).
- Lymphatic: strong affinity with the lymphatic system
- Respiratory: used for various respiratory ailments like bronchitis, colds, and the flu
- Musculoskeletal: pain relief for muscular or joint aches and pains
- Nervous System: soothes depression, feelings of exhaustion, and issues with memory and concentration
- Spiritual: supports the Throat chakra associated with expression and communication
- Scent Profile: Mid to Top note with a spicy scent that is uplifting
- Longevity: The aroma of Laurel can last up to 100 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Herbaceous
- Blends well with: Birch, Cinnamon Leaf, Cypress, Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Radiata, Grapefruit, Inula, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Niaouli, Peppermint, Rosemary ct verbenone, Saro, Wintergreen
- According to Tisserand & Young: Laurus Nobilis is high in 1,8 cineole which should be used with caution with children under the age of 6.
- Avoid topical use with hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin. There is a low risk of skin sensitization or mucous membrane irritation.
- Avoid during pregnancy as it could stimulate contractions.
- Laurus Nobilis is high in eucalyptol and can be toxic to cats. Read more about Essential Oils Toxicity for Cats.
Products Using Laurel Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.