A greenish to yellow mobile liquid coming from steam distillation of the dried leaves of the laurel tree.
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 it is best not to use in facial products for people with 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.
Blend with Rosemary, Geranium and Lavender for herbal shampoos.
Use carefully with Clary Sage as part of a deodorant blend.
Do not use during pregnancy. Sensitisation may occur do to the high eugenol content.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists 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 helps to aid in purification of the body and to bring positive changes to your life.
Used to promote psychic awareness.
Bay leaves and branches were used to crown victors in Ancient Greece and Rome. This tradition lives on with victors of the Olympic Games being given garlands of Bay leaves to wear.
The word 'baccalaureate' means 'laurel berries' and signifies the successful completion of one's studies. Poets and scholars wore wreaths of Bay when receiving academic honours in Greece.
Bay leaves used to be distilled with rum and made bay rum and was used as a stimulating hair tonic as well as a body rub for muscle pain and colds.