Laurus Nobilis Oil (Bay Leaf) is the oil obtained through steam distallation from the leaves of the Laurel, Laurus nobilis L., Lauraceae. The Laurus Nobilis is an evergreen tree or shrub with green, glossy leaves.
Laurus Nobilis Oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Bay Leaf Essential Oil are:
Masking, Refreshing, Tonic
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Be aware that some people may become sensitised to Bay so best not to use in face products for sensitive skin.
A wonderful fragrance to add to shampoos and conditioners and especially aftershaves or blends for men.
It makes a superb restorative bath when made incorporated into bath melts or bubble baths and can help to alleviate aches and pains, especially the sort when you have been out in the damp and cold.
Combine with Lavender, Patchouli and Clary Sage, or with Clove and Cinnamon for winter blends. Combine with Rosemary, Geranium and Lavender for herbal shampoos.
Do not use during pregnancy. Sensitisation may occur.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Bay has been used to relieve intestinal gas whilst strengthening the organs and helping to aid digestion.
In massage therapy use, it is blended with carrier oils to help ease arthritic and rheumatic pains.
It is thought to aid in purification of the body and to bring positive changes to your life.
Used to promote physic awareness.
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Bay leaves and branches were used to crown victors in Ancient Greece and Rome, including victors of the Olypmic Games being given garlands of Bay leaves to wear.
The word 'baccaluraeate' means 'laurel berries' and signifies the successful completion of one's studies, thus why poets and scholars wore wreathes of Bay when receiving academic honours in Greece.
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