Bay laurel is better known simply as bay leaf, found in the kitchen spice racks of most home chefs. It is a leaf from the laurel tree. Although most bay leaves seem rather benign and almost inert in their dried form, they release a strong aroma and taste when cooked.

How is Bay Laurel Oil Produced?

As expected, the bay laurel essential oil is derived from the leaves of the plant. The oil, very thin in consistency, is recovered using steam distillation. The oil is clear.

How is Bay Laurel Essential Oil Used?

Bay laurel essential oil has numerous medicinal uses, with some of them unproven. It is used sparingly in non-medicinal applications, largely because of its strong aroma and potential skin irritation.

What Are the Toxicities, Contraindications and Cautions Regarding Bay Laurel Oils?

Bay laurel oil is potentially toxic and should be used with caution. It can be narcotic and may irritate skin. It should not be used during pregnancy.

What Are the Medicinal Applications of Bay Laurel Oils?

Bay laurel helps fight colds and influenza. It is used to treat rheumatism, muscle aches, neuralgia, circulation, arthritis, candida, respiratory infections, digestive problems and loss of appetite, skin rashes, foot fungus, nervousness and fatigue.

What Are the Non-Medicinal Applications of Bay Laurel Oils?

Bay laurel has few non-medicinal applications. Because it has camphor-like properties, it can be used in aromatherapy for colds, or to “freshen” the air.

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