Laurus nobilis has a spicy scent similar to the bay leaves used in cooking. Uplifting, calming, and grounding, it supports the digestive and respiratory systems.* Ancient Greeks and Romans used leaves of the laurel tree to crown their victors, and the Greeks crowned their scholars with them as well.
ORAC Index Rating: Laurus Nobilis has an approximate ORAC of 989,447 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
Traditional Uses Related to Laurus Nobilis:
Historically a noble plant, Bay Laurel is the source of the bay leaves which are used for their flavor in cooking. It was also the source of the laurel wreath of ancient Greece, and therefore the expression of “resting on one’s laurels”. A wreath of bay laurels was given as the prize at the Pythian Games because the games were in honor of Apollo and the laurel was one of his symbols ever since his unsuccessful pursuit of Daphne. In the Bible, the sweet-bay is often an emblem of prosperity and fame. In Christianity it is said to symbolize the Resurrection of Christ and the triumph of Humanity thereby. It is also the source of the word baccalaureate (laurel berry), and of poet laureate.
In Chinese folklore there is a great laurel tree on the moon, and the Chinese name for the laurel literally translates to “moon-laurel”. This is the subject of a story of Wu Gang, a man who aspired to immortality and neglected his work. When the deities discovered this they sentenced Wu Gang to fell the laurel tree, whereupon he could join the ranks of the deities; however, since the laurel regenerated immediately when cut, it could never be felled. The phrase “Wu Gang chops the tree” is sometimes used to refer to endless toil, analogous to Sisyphus in Greek mythology.
The aromatic laurel leaves are used in many countries of central and southern Europe to flavor stews, soups, meat dishes and even fish. They are used to season canned cucumbers or herring or added to give aroma to vinegar.
It is also widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in regions with Mediterranean or oceanic climates, and as an indoor plant in colder regions.
How to use: For aromatic use.
Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.
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Item No. 3574, 5 ml – Laurus Nobilis Essential Oil