Laurel Essential Oil

Laurel Essential Oil SpotlightLaurel essential oil (Laurus nobilishas a fresh, spicy scent that opens your lungs and your mind. It’s invigorating and inspiring.

I especially love using Laurel for decongestion and mental focus. It is the perfect companion when you have a cold or allergies but still have to go to work! (I have a lot of tips on using essential oils to overcome allergies. If allergies are a problem for you, you can come to my free webinar, “Reduce Allergies Naturally.”)

Below I will be sharing some of the many applications of Laurel Leaf Essential Oil, including when to use it and then some specific recipes that you can use in your aromatherapy blends.

1. Laurel has a host of therapeutic properties.

I like to remember that it’s associated with achievement and victory. So it’s a great helper when it comes to clearing away anything that stands between you and your best—that’s why it’s good for healing so many issues! (That’s how I like to think of it, anyway!)

I recently made a diffuser blend with Laurel to help me stay focused while working, and I loved it so much that I decided to make a larger stock bottle of it—I increased my recipe to 50 drops total, and put it in a 5 ml amber bottle.
Use 5 drops of this stock blend in your diffuser.

Focused and Clear Diffuser BlendIngredients:

  1. 10 drops Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
  2. 10 drops Rosemary ct. camphor (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)
  3. 20 drops White Spruce (Picea glauca)
  4. 10 drops Distilled Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)

2. Laurel helps us go the distance.

When we think of Laurel Leaf essential oil (sometimes called Bay Laurel or Sweet Laurel), we can think of a cheering section to help us stay energized and finish the race.

So if you need a massage oil for sore muscles, perhaps resulting from a cold or flu (Laurel is excellent for respiratory issues!), Laurel is a great choice for your blend. It soothes, encourages, and energizes.

Here’s a recipe you can try during your next massage.

The Laurel Extra Mile Massage BlendIngredients:

  1. 2 oz (60 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  2. 6 drops Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
  3. 8 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor)
  4. 15 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)

I make this blend in a 2 oz (60 ml) flip-top bottle. It’s easy to get open and closed during a massage, even when your hands are oily!

3. Laurel is great for lungs and sinuses.

Some of the ingredients in Laurel are antiviral and anti-inflammatory so it’s great whenever you feel yourself getting sick. Here’s a recipe for one of my favorite aromatherapy inhalers that I carry with me, whenever I begin to feel something coming on and want to stay healthy.

Ingredients:

  1. 3 drops Laurel Leaf (Laurus nobilis)
  2. 5 drops Saro (Cinnamosma fragrans)
  3. 4 drops Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct. 1,8 cineole)

These blends come with a few safety considerations:

  • Have people with asthma smell 1,8 cineole-rich oils before making them a blend. If the oil makes their chest feel tight instead of relaxed, don’t use it.
  • This oil is not ideal for children under five years old, and caution is needed for children between 5-10 years old. These are “big kid oils.” For younger children, diffuse Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana).
  • Laurel can be irritating to the skin, so be sure to use only a small amount in topical blends (3 drops in 1 oz (30 ml) of carrier oil).

4. Laurel goes great in handmade soaps that disinfect and fight germs.

 Laurel Leaf essential oil doesn’t want anything to slow you down, least of all a cold. It’s a wonderful anti-infectious agent, so it can destroy microbes before they get in your system.

That’s why it’s the perfect ingredient for disinfecting foam soap.

Here’s a recipe that’s easy to make, and perfect for the bathroom sink. You’ll need a 2 oz (60 ml) foam pump bottle. (I get mine from Aromatics International).

Laurel Orange Foam SoapIngredients:

  1. 2 oz (60 ml) castile soap
  2. 6 drops Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
  3. 15 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  4. 10 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Directions:

I’ll bet you can guess the blending directions on this one! (Just put everything in the soap pump. Easy, right?)

Get to know Laurel.

I hope that this special “Aromahead Essential Oil Spotlight” has given you a great introduction into the power of Laurel as an essential oil and of all the ways it can help you to improve your life.

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By GrannyMoon Posted in Pagan

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