PORTRAIT

Your swollen lymph nodes and depleted immune system will appreciate the boost they get from laurel leaf essential oil. Its antiseptic and antiviral properties fight germs, so it’s especially helpful when travel or stress is taxing your immune system. Laurel leaf is recommended for use with chronic bronchitis because of its antispasmodic property, which is also beneficial for your digestive system and effective against cramps.

Essential Facts

Plant Parts: Leaves
Botanical Family: Lauraceae
Chemical Family: Monoterpenes & Oxides
Country of Origin: France
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Cultivation Method: Certified Organic
Aroma: Fresh, Sweet & Camphoraceous
Note Classification: Top/Middle

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PROPERTIES

Emotional and Energetic Properties:

  • Uplifts the mind and thoughts
  • Helps focus attention and concentration
  • Boosts confidence
  • Warming

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Antiseptic – Assists in fighting germs/infections.
  • Antispasmodic —Relieves spasms of voluntary and involuntary muscles.
  • Antiviral – An agent that can destroy or inhibit the growth and reproduction of viruses.
  • Decongestant – Reduces nasal mucus production and swelling.
  • Carminative – Relieves intestinal gas pain and distention; promotes peristalsis.
  • Diuretic – Promotes activity of kidney and bladder and increases urination.
  • Emmenagogue – Helps promote and regulate menstruation.
  • Tonic — An agent that strengthens and improves bodily performance.

HOW TO USE

Bath: Add 3–4 drops of oil in your bath.

Diffuser: For instant relief from flu, sinusitis and congestion. Diffuse it in your office or home or when studying to stimulate the mind.

Massage Oil: Blend 5-6 drops of laurel leaf to 1 oz. carrier oil such as olive oil or jojoba. Massage into sore muscles to ease pain and inflammation. Massage into chest and back area to help ease colds and congestion, the flu and bronchitis. Massage into lymph nodes to reduce swelling. See recipe in recipes tab.

Targeting lymph nodes: Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt suggests rubbing a few drops of bay laurel on swollen lymph nodes; this will produce an immediately noticeable relieving effect. He says, “The positive and pleasant effect of this oil is so distinct and strong that one application will normally suffice to convince the most hardened skeptic to use it.” Caution: Frequent use of laurel leaf on the skin for more than three weeks can result in sensitization and irritability. As with anything in life, a happy medium is the key to success. For a healthy body, one weekly application is an effective preventive measure. During the flu season, it may be applied more frequently. After the acute phase of an illness is over, it is advisable to take a break from using laurel leaf.

Other Uses: Add a few drops laurel leaf to a cream, oil, shampoo (known to stimulate hair growth), liquid soap, laundry detergent, foot soak or bath.

Inhaler: Using a blank inhaler, add 10 drops of laurel leaf and 3 drops of lemon. For instant relief from flu, sinusitis and congestion. Inhaling laurel leaf will also stimulate the mind.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

RECIPES

Lymph Cleanse Oil Blend

4 drops Laurel leaf

2 drops Orange

4 drops Sandalwood

2 drops Cypress

Blend the essential oils into 1 oz. of jojoba.

Massage oil into lymph nodes.  Drying brushing is a great massage for the lymph; Pour blend into the palm of hand, sweep the bristles of a dry brush across your palm, and begin dry brushing from your toes to your head.  Make sure to always move towards the heart.

SAFETY

If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician or clinical certified aromatherapist. For external use only. Keep away from mucous membranes & eyes. Test a small amount on skin for allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and small children under the age of five years old.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

MORE INFO

References:

  1. Battaglia S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
  2. Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999
  3. Keville, K. Aromatherapy, A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, The Crossing press, USA, 1995
  4. Mojay G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Henry Holt and Company Inc., England, 1996
  5. Price S. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Churchill Livingstone, 1995
  6. Schnaubelt K. Advanced Aromatherapy, The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, USA, 1998
  7. Tisserand R. The Art of Aromatherapy, Healing Arts Press, USA, 1977
  8. Robert Tisserand & Rodney Young. (Second Edition 2014). Essential Oil Safety A Guide For Health Care Professionals.

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