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Oil Name: Bay, Laurel
Note:Top
Parts of plant used: Leaves
Botanical Name:Laurus Nobilis, Pimenta Racemosa
Aroma:Spicy, slightly sweet.
 

Bay Essential Oil description and origin:

Often called Laurel, bay leaves have been in use as a herb for thousands of years, since the early Egyptian period. It is possibly better known by most as the source of the woven Laurel Wreath of the Olympic Games or a condiment widely used in soups an sauces than an essential oil.

This oil should be used in small quantities for massages as it could possibly irritate the skin.

Bay Uses for/In treatment of:

Blood circulationNeuralgiaRheumatism
AntisepticDigestive tonicDiuretic
Immune system tonicAstringentAntispasmodic
   

Bay Properties:

StimulantTonicScalp tonic
AntisepticDigestive tonicDiuretic
Immune system tonicAstringentAntispasmodic
   
 

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Bay Constituents (Bay Ingredients):

Below we list reported constituents of this Bay. This may not be complete as continuous research constantly discovers new constituents.

Ketones: Monoterpenoid Ketones are stable molecules formed by oxidation of alcohols. Monocyclic Ketones like Pulegone and Thujone are toxic and should be avoided in any significant volumes in any treatment. Ketones are expectorant and a respiratory tonic.

Terpineol: A Monoterpenol that is a major component of pine oils but also present in smaller quantities in other essential oils.
Terpineol is antibacterial and antiviral, an immune system stimulant, a good general tonic. In Essential Oils it is warming and uplifting.

Geraniol: A terpene alcohol. Fragrant and regarded as highly valued oil in aromatherapy and the perfume industry. Terpene alcohols are antimicrobial but are a lot gentler on the skin than the phenols.  

Linanool: Linalool one of the terpene alcohols is widely distributed in the plant kingdom. Linalool has strong effects on the nervous system and is therefore widely used by aroma therapists and herbologists as a sedative, spasmolytic and local anaesthetic. It is also used against many skin complaints, mostly in the form of tea tree oil.

Pinene: Commonly found in Oil of Turpentine extracted from Pinus specie trees, pinene (alpha-pinene and beta-pinene) is also widely distributed in other plants. It is used for Rheumatism as a liniment but is best known by Aromatherapists and a tonic of the mucus membranes of the respiratory system. Pinene is also important for its pleasant fragrance and is believed to have diuretic properties by many.

Limonene: Limonene has been studied for the anti-tumour effect noticed in mice. Herbalists often prescribe herbs with this constituent as an antioxidant and cancer or tumour inhibitor although there is evidence that these properties are volatile and may be lost as a result of processing of the herb. Limonene also has antiviral properties.

Eugenol: Anaesthetic, antimicrobal, disinfecting, stimulant, aromatic and anticonvulsant.

Eugenol is a Phenylpropanoid in the Phenols group. Eugenol is widely distributed in the plant kingdom.

Potentially irritant. Sensitivity should be tested before using this substance or oil on the skin.

 

Bay Contraindications, do not use if:

Bay can be a skin irritant, use sparingly  
   
We cannot warrant that this list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.
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