Plant part: Leaves
Blends well with: Bergamot, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, ginger, juniper, lavender, orange, patchouli, pine, rosemary, ylang ylang
Aroma: Clean, medicinal, sweet, floral, slightly spicy, herbaceous
Consistency: Thin – Medium
A breath of fresh air can mean the world when you are having respiratory issues. When the next breath may be the one that sends you into a coughing fit, anything that brings relief is a gold-plated godsend. Laurel Leaf not only brings relief to your respiratory issues, but is a great stress reducer. Inhaling Laurel Leaf essential oil is a great way to detox the lungs from everyday air pollutants.
It is often added to soups and other dishes to enhance flavor, and Laurel Leaf was even used by ancient civilizations for its many beneficial properties. In ancient Rome, Laurel Leaf oil was used as a perfume, as they believed it to be a symbol of wisdom, peace and protection. Ancient Greeks and Romans revered Laurel Leaf so much the leaves were fashioned into a crown to anoint those who achieved things of great significance in the culture. As a matter of fact, the Greek word for Laurel is still used in our speech today. Think of a “poet laureate”, or Bachelor’s degree (From the Greek “bacca-laureus” meaning laurel-berry), and you are thinking Laurel.
The Laurus Nobilis tree is native to Asia Minor, and can now be found in the Mediterranean, as it enjoys warm climates. The Laurel leaf tree is an evergreen tree that grows slowly, up to a height of 40 feet. A mature Laurel leaf, used to make this essential oil, is approximately 2 inches wide and 4 inches in length. These leaves are put through steam distillation to isolate the powerful essential oil. The process yields a clear oil with a thin to medium consistency.
Uses of Laurel Leaf Essential Oil
Circulatory System: Increases circulation.
Digestive System: Eases indigestion, relieves flatulence/gas, increases appetite.
Immune System: Reduces fever.
Limbic System: Eases mental fatigue.
Lymphatic System: Reduces swollen lymph glands, eases tonsillitis.
Muscular System: Calms cramps.
Nervous System: Relieves headache.
Respiratory System: Alleviates bronchitis, congestion, and sinusitis.
Skin: Reduces acne
Therapeutic Properties: analgesic, anti-catarrhal, anti-coagulant, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-parasitic, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, bactericidal, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, expectorant, emmenagogue, hypotensor, mucolytic
Recipes With Laurel Leaf Essential Oil
- 2 drops Laurel Leaf oil
- 2 drops Ginger oil
- 2 drops Sweet Orange oil
- Add essential oils to your aroma diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
Swollen Lymph Glands:
- 2 drops Laurel Leaf oil
- 2 drops Tea Tree oil
- 2 teaspoons olive oil.
- Add to a 10ml roller bottle and roll over swollen lymph glands for relief.
- 5 drops Laurel Leaf oil
- 5 drops Eucalyptus oil
- 5 drops Tea Tree oil
- 5 drops Lemon oil
- Add to a personal inhaler, inhaling as needed for relief.
- 2 Drops Laurel Leaf oil
- 2 drops Rosemary oil
- 2 drops Lemon oil
- Add to aromatherapy diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
- 6 drops Laurel Leaf oil
- 6 drops Ginger oil
- 10 drops Cypress oil
- 6 drops Lemon oil
- 4 tablespoons jojoba oil.
- Add to 2oz squeeze bottle. Shake to mix well. Apply to the area, and massage where needed to stimulate circulation.