Laurel leaves are synonymous with ancient Roman and Greek gladiators and scholars who were crowned with laurel leaves after a victory. As it is an indigenous plant to the Mediterranean, laurel leaf has formed part of the local landscape, making it a traditional source for medicine.
Laurel leaf essential oil is a melody of medicinal, fresh, strong (to the point of penetrating), spicy, and clean notes. It overlaps between a top and middle note aroma. As laurel leaf essential oil often goes by the name bay laurel, it is common to get it confused with bay (Pimenta racemosa) essential oil. However, the two essential oils are very different.
Common English Name: Laurel (leaf), bay laurel, sweet bay.
Botanical Name: Laurus nobilis.
Plant Family: Lauraceae.
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation of the dried leaves and branches.
Origin: Indigenous to the Mediterranean region.
Plant Description: A medium-sized, evergreen tree with dark, glossy leaves. It produces black berries.
Main Chemical Components: 1,8 cineole (oxides).
Uses: Soothing to the skin, soothing for the soul, promotes glowing skin, cleanses the skin.
Laurel leaf essential oil is a melody of medicinal, fresh, strong (to the point of penetrating), spicy, and clean notes.
Cautions for Use: Avoid during pregnancy. Avoid use with babies and young children. Possible skin sensitization.