Steam distilled from the freshly picked leaves of the laurel tree, the aromas of this greenish-yellow oil are as comforting and familiar as home cooking. Prized for its culinary versatility, it has a strong, savory and green spicy scent and is said to instill feelings of confidence and courage and lift the mood. Excellent for rousing the appetite when diffused, it can also be diluted to .5% in carrier oil for an abdominal rub in order to stimulate gastric fluids, encourage the appetite and support a healthy digestive, lymphatic and immune system. Its medicinal use dates back to ancient Greece, where different parts of the tree were indicated to treat such ailments as kidney stones, liver disease and for general protection of good health. The term ‘keeping evil at bay’ could well refer to its use in medicine.
Diffuse 2-3 drops per 100ml of water to boost courage and confidence, creating an uplifting mood
Blend 2 drops of Laurel with 2 drops each of Orange and Ginger, add to a tablespoon of carrier oil and apply topically to abdomen to calm gas and stimulate appetite
Make your own antibacterial hand soap:
Combine 4oz of castille soap, 30 of drops Laurel, 20 drops of Orange and 10 drops of Lavender
Pour into an empty hand soap pump bottle and shake
Keep by your sink and use daily
On the recommendation of the International Federation of Aromatherapists, TruGardens does not endorse taking essential oils internally unless specifically directed and prescribed by a qualified healthcare practitioner who is also trained in clinical aromatherapy. Avoid using during pregnancy, or if you suspect you might be pregnant, except on the advice of a qualified practitioner. Store all essential oil products safely out of reach of children. Essential oils are potent, and a little bit goes a long way. Do not use essential oils undiluted directly on the skin as they can cause irritation. Keep away from children, and do not apply near the eyes, mucous membranes, sensitive or broken skin. Every individual reacts differently to essential oils: Always perform a ‘test patch’ properly diluted in carrier oil to determine sensitivity. This statement has not been approved, assessed or otherwise endorsed by the FDA. TruGardens does not in any way support the use of these products for the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.