Don’t you hate it when one of those annoying winter colds pops up? Even if you’re not fighting a full-blown case of the sniffles, as soon as the temperature drops, you probably feel a little out of sorts. Personally, I always feel a bit unmotivated and weak.
And that’s why I turn to Bay Laurel! Bay Laurel
is my go-to oil for keeping my spirits high, keeping my body warm, and keeping my immune system working properly. I love to use it in the winter, but it’s just as helpful any time of year!
What is Bay Laurel?
You may hear it called “Bay” or “Sweet Laurel”, but no matter what you call it, Bay Laurel
is an evergreen shrub or tree that’s got dark green lanceolate leaves and small clusters of yellow flowers. It’s been around for thousands of years. In fact, both the Ancient Greeks and Romans turned its leaves into crowns and gave them to victorious generals and powerful emperors. Back in those days, Bay Laurel was a symbol of triumph and achievement.
Did you know?
In the Middle Ages, distinguished men were crowned with a wreath of berried laurel, and that’s where the term “Poet Laureate” came from. University graduates were known as “bachelors” from the Latin “baccalaureus” (bacco, a berry, and laureus, of laurel). Bay Laurel still holds that same meaning and prestige today. After all, if you graduate from a 4-year college, you get a Bachelor’s Degree — also known as a “Bacchalaureate”.
Bay Laurel Essential Oil — Uses in Aromatherapy
This oil has a very uplifting scent that’s almost masculine in nature, and its composition is very complex. It contains elements of nearly all of the 12 main chemical groups, which explains why it can do so many great things for you!
Bay Laurel for the Mind
Because its scent is so uplifting, Bay Laurel is a great way to fight off poor concentration, memory problems, and chronic nervous debility. If you lack energy, this oil can give you an instant boost.
Bay Laurel for Motivation
“Stimulating” is the best way to describe Bay Laurel, because it can help people do amazing things. Bay Laurel opens up your channels of creativity, and it helps to silence the channels of doubt. It will help you overcome your fears and develop more self-esteem, making it the perfect oil to use when you’re starting a new job or moving to a new town where you don’t know anyone.
Bay Laurel for the Respiratory System
Because it is an expectorant with mucolytic properties, Bay Laurel is good antiseptic for your respiratory system. It can improve the way your sinuses and lungs perform, which is why it’s used to treat colds, the flu, and even chronic bronchitis.
Bay Laurel for the Digestive System
This oil can stimulate your digestive tract. Studies show it can even overpower drug-resistant strains of Campylobacter jejuni, which is the most common bacterial cause of diarrhea.
Bay Laurel for the Lymphatic System
According to Kurt Schnaubelt
, Bay Laurel can improve your entire lymphatic system. All you have to do is rub a few drops of Bay Laurel on your swollen lymph nodes, and you’ll get instant relief. Try it after a shower, and you’ll be in heaven!
Bay Laurel for Romance
Because of its strong masculine smell, Bay Laurel is sexually arrogant. And, because it inspires creativity, it can be the perfect way to spice up a romantic evening.
How Exactly Do You Use It?
Bay Laurel should always be diluted (use no more than 12 drops per 4 oz. of carrier oil). If you want to keep your health in tip-top shape, apply it once a day. Just remember, if you put it on your skin TOO frequently, it can lead to sensitization and irritability. After all, this is powerful stuff! Have you ever used Bay Laurel? Let us know how it helped you!
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© 2013, Cristina Proano-Carrion,
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.