Laurel Leaf, or Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) is a leaf oil that is steam distilled, with a top middle note. Laurel has a spicy, herbal, slightly medicinal scent that reminds me of bananas and eucalyptus mixed together. You may even have this wonderful herb in your spice rack. It's known as bay leaf. The herb smells nothing like the essential oil.
Laurel leaf comes from an evergreen tree cultivated in many regions of the world, such as Mediterranean countries. The dried leaves are used as spices and the oils are in many food products.
In a Phytotherapy Research article published in August 2003 titled, Analgesic and anti‐inﬂammatory activity of the leaf essential oil of Laurus nobilis Linn. "The analgesic and anti‐inﬂammatory effect of the essential oil was comparable to reference analgesics and non‐steroid anti‐inﬂammatory drugs: morphine and piroxicam." My family uses it properly diluted as an analgesic for major pain.
Laurel leaf is considered to have antioxidant abilities. According to pubmed.com, in a study dated Spring 2013, Effect of Laurus nobilis L. Essential Oil and its Main Components on α-glucosidase and Reactive Oxygen Species Scavenging Activity, "Since the results suggest that the essential oil obtained from laurel leaves and its main components inhibit α-glucosidase, the whole oil or its main components could be effective in the treatment of diabetes by scavenging reactive oxygen species and inhibiting α-glucosidase." More work needs to be done on this but it's very promising!
As you can see, it's great for reducing pain and inflammation, but there are so many more benefits.
Reduce mental confusion
Aid creativity and provide inspiration
Heightens awareness and perception
Aid intuitive abilities like clairvoyance and clairaudience
Help release blocks to embodying personal power or fear of personal power
Lymphatic system support
Reduces heat in the body
Respiratory system support
Stimulates the want to eat for those who have no appetite
Major localized discomfort support
If you wanted to pair crystals with this lovely oil, quartz, amber, amethyst, hematite, howlite and lapis lazuli are all excellent choices. Wear them as a necklace or bracelet, carry in a pouch, or just have in your pocket.
Blends well with:
Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Rose Geranium, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Neroli, Rose, Rosemary, Thyme, Ylang Ylang
Diffuse, massage, topical
Avoid use on children under 2, or if you are having trouble getting pregnant. Use caution on diseased or damaged skin, always dilute. *1
Please dilute accordingly. In 1 ounce of carrier oil:
0.5% (1/2 percent) - 1 years old to 3 years old (2-3 drops)
1% - 6 years old to 10 years old (5-6 drops)
2% - 10 years to adult (10-12 drops)
3% - acute pain (18-24 drops)
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*1 Tisserand and Young; Essential Oil Safety A Guide for Health Care Professionals: Second Edition. New York: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014. Print
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