|Latin name||Laurus nobillis|
|Synonyms||Sweet Bay, Laurel, Grecian Laurel, True bay, Mediteranian bay, Roman Laurel, Noble laurel leaf|
|Extraction||Steam distillation of the dried leaves and branches|
|Origin||Native to the Mediterranean.|
|Plant characteristics||An evergreen tree up to 20cms high with dark evergreen, glossy leaves and black berries; often cultivated as an ornamental shrub.|
|Oil characteristics||Greenish-yellow liquid with a powerful, spicy-medicinal odour.|
|Traditional use||The leaves were used by ancient Greeks and Romans to crown their victors. Both leaf and berry were formely used for a variety of afflictions including hysteria, colic, indigestion, loss of appitite, to promote menstruation and for fever.|
|Blends well with||Pine, cypress, juniper, clary sage, rosemary, lavender, citrus and spice essential oils.|
|Cautions and comments||Relativly non-toxic and non-irritant, can cause dermatitis in some individuals. Use in moderation due to possible narcotic properties attributed to methyl eugenol. Should not be used during pregnancy.|
|Main chemical constituents||Cineol (30-50%) Pinene, linalool, terpineol acetate, and traces of menthyl eugenol.|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.