Essential Oil of the Day: Bay Laurel


Family: Lauraceae
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Part of Plant: Leaves and branches
Aroma: Sweet and Spicy
Characteristics: Pale yellow to green, mobile liquid
Note: Top
Effect: Warming

Precautions & Contraindications:
-May cause skin sensitization if used for a period longer than 3 weeks
-Do not use with pregnancy
-Do not use near mucous membranes

Chemical Properties:
High in monoterpenes and monoterpenols which contribute to its antiviral and and anti-inflammatory characteristics. Oxides are the highest chemical constituents in Bay Laurel which make it a great expectorant.

Therapeutic Uses:
Immune System: As it is a warming oil, it is believed that Bay Laurel reduces fever through its sweating action, prevents against infectious diseases, reduces inflammation in lymph nodes, fibromyalgia, lupus, viral infections, ear infections.

Lymphatic System: Inflamed lymph nodes, cellulite, improves lymph flow, brings feeling of warmth when cold, bruising.

Blends:
10% dilution in carrier oil and applied to lymph nodes will reduce swelling.
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