Today’s featured essential oil is a favorite for helping with allergies.
I often diffuse it just because
it smells so darn good!

If you haven’t made the aquaintance of Laurel Leaf (aka Bay Laurel) yet, you’re in for a treat!


Laurel Leaf (aka Bay Leaf)
Laurus nobilis

My personal relationship with Laurel Leaf: I first encountered this essential oil back in 2010 and it was love at first sniff. Aromatically, people smell this oil and close their eyes and say “ahhhhhh” because it has a beautiful aroma. I often choose this oil for my homemade cleaning products because of the fragrance but also it’s ability to kill airborne microbes and leave the house smelling great!Note:  Middle-top  (To learn more about aromatic notes, this blog post explains them)

Geographical source: Morocco, France, Croatia

Plant Part: Leaves

Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Oil Characteristics:  This oil is an unexpectedly delicious combination of sweetness and camphoraceousness.

Chemical Families: Monoterpenes. Oxides (1,8 cineole)  (To learn more about Chemical Families, listen to one of my most popular podcasts. Aromatic Wisdom Podcast Episode 008.)

Notes on Chemical Components: It’s the 1,8 cineole content that gives this essential oil the allergy relief and respiratory benefits.  It’s best to use Laurel Leaf that contains low levels of methyl eugenol. This is another reason to use essential oil companies that provide a GC/MS report!  

Therapeutic Properties:  (Here’s a glossary to help you understand therapeutic property terminology.)

  • Wonderful to relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies
  • Inhibits the spread of microbes
  • Helps with pain relief
  • Relieves gas cramps
  • Helps get rid of excess mucus from respiratory system

Subtle Properties: (emotional and energetic): 
Laurel Leaf is very uplifting for the heart, soul, mind and body.
It has a warming quality that helps to melt an “icy” situation in a relationship and move stuck emotional energy.

 

 

Applications: (Here are some guidelines for making your own essential oil blends in a safe dilution.)

  • Add it to diffuser blends for an uplifting spicy aroma
  • Wonderful in a belly cream to help with cramping and spasms
  • I love it in blends that help reduce lymph congestion. The Bay Leaf Hydrosol sprayed all over the body after dry brushing is wonderful for lymph health!

Recipe Using Laurel Leaf Essential Oil
Allergy Relief Inhaler Blend (learn how to make a nasal inhaler)
5 drops Laurel Leaf
2 drops Bergamot (phototoxic)
2 drops Orange
2 drops Peppermint

Safety Information: Non­toxic, though it may cause skin irritation and may be sensitizing —especially if oxidized. Use in low dilution (5-6 drops to 1 oz of carrier) when applying to the skin, such as in bath or massage oils. Steam inhalations or great but know that it might irritate the mucous membranes. Don’t use with children under 5 years old because of the 1,8 cineole content and use with caution on children between 5-­10 years. Listen to this podcast to learn Safe Aromatherapy for Children. 

Where to Buy: You can find all these essential oils at PompeiiOrganics.com. This is not my company but I use their products in my classroom because of the exceptional quality and customer service, plus, the owner, Jessica Grill, is a graduate of my Aromatherapy Certification Program :-).

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I created this blending journal for myself
and realized so many other aromatherapists could use such a book.

With over 150 pages to name, rate, make detailed notes, list out number of drops used
and hydrosols or carrier oils used in your recipes,
this book is the perfect place to keep them safe all in one, easy to use space.

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