Oil Spotlight: Laurus Nobilis
Updated: Apr 21
Laurus Nobilis is quickly becoming a household favourite with myself and the kids. We’ve always enjoyed the aromatic experience of it but it wasn’t until recently that I dove into its medicinal properties and the benefits this essential oil offers.
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A quick word on Laurus and then I’ll share some of the ways you can use it.
Laurus Nobilis from Young Living comes from our Croatia partner farm.
You may also be familiar with its common names which are: Sweet Bay, Sweet Laurel, and Bay Leaf.
Bay laurel essential oil has been traditionally used to protect and cleanse. This oil has been used since Ancient Greece and Rome.
Spiritually, in the Middle Ages the laurel or bay leaf tree was often planted in front of a house for protection and to promote success. It symbolically represents victory and brings back memories of the Olympic athletes and Ancient Romans who wore it as a wreath on the crown of their head.
Today, we use it topically to help with respiratory support, to cleanse the air, to create a calm, fresh environment, and for preventing infections.
For Respiratory Support
There are a few ways you can use Laurus Nobilis to support open air passages. You can simply diffuse it in your Desert Mist diffuser on the 10-hour intermittent setting. This setting is particularly beneficial for nighttime. You can add 2-6 drops of Laurus Nobilis on its own in the diffuser, or if you’re really suffering and need additional support, try this recipe:
3 drops Laurus Nobilis
3 drops Eucalyptus
3 drops Thyme
This combination helps open the airways, kill airborne bacteria and soothes the ileal and tracheal muscles allowing for relief from coughing.
If you are a mom with kids who often injure themselves or are prone to infections, making a roller bottle recipe with Laurus Nobilis can be helpful. Laurus is naturally anti-septic and is considered a gentle oil, ideal for topical application. We have a roller bottle on hand but you can also drop the oil directly onto the skin if you don’t want to make a roller. You should always follow dilution guidelines depending on the age of your child. For sensitive skin, you may want to do a test patch before application. *My children have never had a negative reaction to an oil I’ve applied topically, undiluted (without a carrier oil) and I attribute that to using Young Living oils, which are free of anything other than oil or high quality carrier oil. I do not recommend any oils that aren’t Young Living for applying topically or for medicinal benefits.*
In a 10ml glass roller bottle add:
10 drops Laurus Nobilis
10 drops Lavender
5 drops Copaiba
5 drops Helichrysum
Top with carrier oil of choice such as fractionated coconut oil. This combination of oils helps to reduce the risk of infection since they are anti-septic and anti-bacterial in nature, reduce wound healing time, reduce inflammation and improve the appearance of the skin.
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