Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis), also known as bay leaf, is an evergreen tree that originates from the Mediterranean region and holds historical, cultural, and medicinal significance.
This medium-sized tree typically reaches heights of 10 to 18 meters, but it can occasionally grow as tall as 30 meters. It has dark green, glossy leaves that are leather-like and elliptical in shape. It is usually branched, and its shape varies from spherical to columnar.
Bay laurel is renowned as a symbol of victory, glory, and success. In ancient Greece and Rome, it was used as a wreath for winners of sporting events and war heroes.
In the kitchen, bay laurel leaves are used as an aromatic addition to sauces, soups, stews, and marinades, lending them a spicy flavor and pleasant aroma. Bay laurel also has traditional uses in folk medicine, where it is employed to support the treatment of digestive issues, joint pain, rheumatism, and colds. Additionally, it is used in aromatherapy due to its relaxation-inducing effects.
Thanks to its symbolic significance, bay laurel continues to be employed in symbolism, heraldry, decoration, and art, and the bay laurel wreath is a popular element in celebrations and festivities. Bay laurel is, therefore, a fascinating plant that finds wide-ranging applications in various areas of human activity.
Information about bay laurel essential oil:
- Properties - has a strongly aromatic scent that is fresh, woody, and spicy. It also has a strong taste. It is dark yellow to brown.
- Use in aromatherapy - often used in aromatherapy for its uplifting and elevating effects. It helps improve mood, reduce stress and fatigue, and increase concentration.
- Health support - the oil has antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used to treat acne, skin infections, eczema, and dandruff. It also supports digestion and can help with bloating and digestive problems.
- Use in wellness - used in massage oils and balms for its circulation-boosting effects. It can also help relieve muscle tension and joint and muscle pain.
- Other uses - it is also used as an aromatic ingredient in potpourri, perfumes, and bath additives. It also has insect-repelling properties and can be used as a natural repellent.
Extraction process: Steam distillation
Country of origin: Albania
Massage: 1-3 drops per 10 ml of carrier oil (e.g., almond, coconut, or olive oil)
Bath: 2-4 drops in a warm bath Diffuser: 2-4 drops per 100 ml of water
Inhalation: 1-2 drops in a bowl of hot water
Bay Laurel essential oil is highly concentrated and strong. When using it on the skin, it is recommended to dilute it with a suitable carrier oil. It is important to perform an allergy test before applying to the skin and avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes.
Why choose oil from Albanian mountains?
Essential oils from wild mountain herbs have several advantages over conventionally grown oils. Here are some of the main reasons why they are exceptional:
- Stronger chemical composition - wild herbs are exposed to various influences such as extreme temperatures, windy conditions, high altitudes, and consumption by animals. These conditions stimulate the production of essential oils and increase the concentration of active substances, making them more potent and effective.
- Absence of pesticides and chemicals - wild-growing herbs have no contact with pesticides or chemicals often used in conventional cultivation. This means that the oils from these herbs are naturally pure and free from unwanted substances.
- Hand harvesting - due to the inaccessibility of the mountains, harvesting is done manually, which means more care and attention is given to individual plants. This allows the selection of the best plants and their harvest at the optimal time, positively impacting the quality of the oils.
- Unique aroma and composition - plants growing in the mountains often have specific environmental conditions that affect their aroma and chemical composition. Oils from wild mountain herbs have a unique and authentic character that cannot be fully reproduced in conventionally grown variants.
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