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How to use Noble Laurel essential oil?

Essential oil

Noble Laurel, in Latin laurus nobilis, is also known as Apollo’s Laurel or bay tree. Synonymous of vitality and beauty, its leaves were woven into a crown for the emperors of antiquity. It is perhaps less famous than others. However, everyone knows this Mediterranean tree, its therapeutic properties known for thousands of years and its leaves are used regularly in recipes in the kitchen. This Essential Oil is very useful to combat infections but is also of great value psychologically. It has an anaesthetic effect very appreciated in healthcare, notably in a hospital environment.

 

Botany and history

This tree of 2 to 6 m in height belongs to the ‘lauraceae’ family. It presents a straight stem with smooth bark of a dark grey colour. Its leaves are pointy and strong. They are of a dark green colour, shiny on the upper part and lighter green underneath. We can smell the aroma when we crunch the leaves. The flowers are small and yellow-green. These flowers cluster under the leaves in bunches and protect a green seed that becomes black when ripe.

Its origin lays in the Mediterranean basin where we can widely find the Noble Laurel or bay tree as well as in the Middle-East. It grows best in humid areas or in gardens.

Its history:

  • Originating in Asia Minor, it grows mostly around the Mediterranean sea.
  • The Greeks considered it a sacred tree. The head of many a poet or doctor would have been crowned with bay leaves, a symbol of glory and victory, as was the case for Napoleon.
  • In North Africa, horses are rubbed with fresh leaves to keep flies away. The famous Alep soap is traditionally made from the oil of berries or leaves of the laurel.
  • The Noble Laurel is the symbol of Apollo, the god of the sun and the arts, of beauty and of healing.
  • In the Middle-Ages wise men were crowned with noble laurel wreaths. In medical schools, the crown placed on the heads of young doctors was made of sprigs of laurel leaves and berries.

Production of laurel essential oil

The laurel essential oil is extracted by water-steam distillation of the dried leaves. This distillation will produce the essential oil. Despite the great possibility of extraction of parts of this plant, its yield is small as we need 800 kg to one tonne of leaves to yield 1 kg of oil.

There are diverse chemotypes in the Laurel essential oil, the dominant ones being cineole (about 45%) et linalool around 12%.

The oil has no colour or can be light yellow and has a cineole perfume, minty and like camphor characteristic of Laurel essential oil.

Composition of Nobel Laurel essential oil

  • Terpenique oxide: 1,8 cineole (35-50%)
  • Monoterpenes (15-20%) : alpha-pinene (4-6%), beta-pinene (3-5%), sabinene (4,5%)
  • Monoterpenols (15-20%) : linalool (8-16%), alpha-terpineol (1,5 à 4,5%) etc.
  • Terpenique esters: terpenyle acetate (8-15%)
  • Ethers: methyleugenol (2-5%)
  • Phenols: eugenol (3%)
  • Lactones (3%)

Properties & Indications of Noble Laurel EO

Its specificities:

  • virus, bacteria, fungal infections
  • flu
  • pains and aches
  • skin and mouth problems

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  • Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, expectorant, mucolytic due to the presence of 1,8 cineole (organic compound also found in eucalyptus and rosemary): it helps the evacuation of mucus accumulated in the bronchi, cares with heavy coughs and stops runny noses.
  • anti-infectious (monoterpenes)
  • bactericide et fungicide: it is effective against fungal infections such as Candida, the cause of most mycoses.
  • Exceptional antibacterial: against bacteria such as staphylococcus or streptococcus for example. You can use it in synergy with other essential oils to care for infections.
  • analgesic: it is a powerful painkiller: for arthritis, polyarthritis, rheumatism, mouth sores, gingivitis and toothache.

 

Finally, the presence of pinenes indicates a psychological action, as is the case for fir tree, because they are cortisone-like.

Its perfume is known to stimulate the brain, especially in people who suffer from self-doubt. It gives one self-confidence. It is the essential oil of winners !!

 

Dangers & counter-indications of Nobel Laurel EO

  • Laurel EO can cause allergic reactions of the skin (lactones) in certain people who are very sensitive, especially those who have an allergic predisposition.
  • Not recommended during the 3 first months of pregnancy
  • Not recommended in children under the age of 8.
  • Caution for asthmatic people given its strong content of 1,8 cineole.
  • Only used this essential oil in feeble doses as it can be narcotic (close to sleeping time) in high doses.

Information:  do not confuse Noble Laurel with Pink Laurel (Laurel with pink flowers) or the Cherry Laurel. These two are toxic. Just remember that of all the laurels, only the Noble Laurel is not toxic.

Cherry Laurel

Cherry Laurel

Pink Laurel

Pink Laurel

How to use Noble Laurel Essential Oil

Dermal Route

dermal allowed
Using this route allows one to get the benefit of its analgesic properties on arthritis, neuralgia, including lumbago and muscular spasms.

 

  • If you are suffering from lumbago, mix 1 drop on Laurel EO + 1 drop of Peppermint EO + 2 drops of Eucalyptus Citriodora EO in 5 drops of VO. Then, massage the areas in stress five times a day until the condition improves.
  • In the case of contractures or joint pain, mix 2 drops of Laurel EO + 2 drops of Orange EO in 30 drops of VO. Then, massage the areas in stress five times a day until the condition improves.
  • Sprain (J.P. Willem):

A few drops of the mixture below used in a gentle massage

10 drops Wintergreen EO (Gaultheria procumbens)

10 drops Rosemary 1.8 cineole EO (Rosmarinus officinalis ct cineole)

5 drops de Noble Laurel EO

15ml Macadamia VO

Not recommended in pregnant or breastfeeding women,  children under the age of 15 and people being treated with anticoagulant or who are allergic to aspirin.buy it

This essential oil is also unbeatable regarding mouth infections (mouth sores, gingivitis or any dental pain)
  • Mouth sores: Apply one drop of pure essential oil of Nobel Laurel using your index finger to rub the sore and repeat twice a day.

This essential oil causes no pain when applied.

It will promote healing of the mouth sore and put the pain to sleep.

Finally, it will allow the mouth sore to disappear much more quickly.

Renew this treatment 2 to 3 times a day if needed.

 

  • In the case of gingivitis, mix 1 drop of Laurel EO + 1 drop of Tea Tree EO and dilute in 2 drops of VO. Massage the gums with this mixture several times a day until the condition improves.

 

Its « antiviral » properties make it also very useful in the treatment of flu, and ENT infections, using it to massage the chest. For asthma sufferers, given the 1,8-cineole, it would be preferable to massage the back or the sole of the feet.

Formula (D. Festy)

2 drops Ravintsara EO + 2 drops Eucalyptus Radiata EO + 2 drops Bay Leaf EO + 2 drops Tea Tree EO

Apply in a light massage in the lower back, along the spine and on the chest four times a day for 2 days.

In regard to its dermatological benefits, it is useful to treat acne, psoriasis, pressure ulcers and boils. In cosmetics, it helps to promote the growth of eyelashes and hair. It mostly suits oily hair.
  • Acne: Mix 5 drops of Laurel EO + 10 drops of spike Lavender EO + 5 drops of Tea Tree EO in 5 ml of Macadamia VO. Then, apply one or two drops of this mixture on acne pimples until the condition improves.
  • In order to soothe pressure ulcers or ulcers, mix 2 drops of Laurel EO + 3 drops of true Lavender EO in 20 drops of VO. Apply locally three times a day until the condition improves.

 

What is the psychic-psychosomatic sphere?

If you are suffering from severe problems (depression, nervous and chronic fatigue…), a massage (dilution in a VO) of the chest is often a good suggestion. For example, to bring back your zest and energy, more specifically in times of anxiety, apply two drops of Laurel EO on the sole of your feet every morning.

Where to apply it?

You can apply in massage on a small surface of the skin, in a strong dilution of VO. However, it is generally used in synergy with other EOs. Here are the various parts of the body where you can massage this essential oil:

  • On the chest and the upper back in the case of flu and bronchitis.
  • On the area causing pain (arthritis, rheumatism, nephritis, neuralgia)
  • In the mouth: diluted (gingivitis) or pure (if it is a very small area like a mouth sore)
  • In the case of some skin infection (acne, psoriasis)
  • On a mycosis (of the skin, gynaecological or digestive)

 

Atmospheric route

diffusionDiffusion is particularly useful to get the most benefits of its stimulating power and also its antiseptic power, especially in the ENT area.

 

In olfaction: just breathe in from the bottle (5 deep breaths in succession). Or, pour one drop of essential oil on the inside of the wrist. Rubbing one wrist against the other, then bring to the nose and inhale. This is a good remedy before an exam for example to boost your self-confidence.

Beware, inhalation is not recommended for asthmatics or people suffering from a respiratory condition. On the other hand, using this essential oil by olfaction causes no problem.

Oral route

*Upon medical advice*

internalYou can also take this essential oil taken orally in small quantities (one drop is enough) and you must dilute in a tablespoon of carrier oil. This form of administration is useful in case of digestive and intestinal infections, bloating, gas and flatulence.

There is no counter-indication for its use in cooking.

 

Energizing aromatherapy

It is linked to the neck chakra (blue colour) and is particularly recommended in case of lack of self-belief, fear of not being able to perform.

Conclusion

So – here is an essential oil that you cannot ignore or miss.

It is versatile. Very effective against infections, mouth infections, bloating, the nervous system… it is active in so many different parts of the body.

Noble Laurel is our Tea Tree. Powerful, it can do many things and so many indications are similar to those of Tea Tree EO.

With, in addition, the analgesic side that is not present in Tea Tree EO.

But, it is less well tolerated by the skin.

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DAIRY PRODUCTS

All yogurts (animal or plant-based) can be flavored with essential oils. In an unsweetened yogurt, add a spoonful of honey in which you’ll dilute the essential oil of your choice. For a classic flavor, add two drops of citrus essential oils. For an exotic yogurt, add a drop of Ylang Ylang essential oil. This also works for whipped cream!

EDIBLE OILS

Flavor your olive oil: for 1 liter of edible oil, add 15 drops of rosemary or basil essential oil (or 8 drops of each) to one liter of cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. Shake well to mix the different oils and let it rest for about a day before using it to season salads, pasta, vegetables, fish fillets, and more.

ICE CUBES!

Add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil to half a spoonful of honey, agave syrup, or mashed fruit, mix it into an ice cube tray, cover with water, and freeze!

Here are some quick ideas to get started

 

  • In the case of a cake, chocolate mousse, or pancakes: add essential oils directly to the batter, which is sweet and rich in fats.
  • For syrup to drizzle over your cakes after baking, or for your ice creams: mix 250g of sugar syrup with about 4 drops of citrus essence (4 drops of one citrus or 1 drop of 4 different citruses, for example).
  • Jams, marmalades, or honey: add a few drops of essential oils (e.g., lavender, thyme, or citrus essences).
  • Season a pasta dish: add 4 drops of Clary Sage essential oil to a 400g pasta dish.
  • Flavor rice: add one drop of Lemongrass essential oil to 400g of rice.
  • Enhance an apple crumble with cinnamon essential oil

The essential oils most commonly used in cooking:

 

Herbs

 

EO

Taste

Usage

Le+ santé

 

 

Garlic

Allium sativum

Odeur forte difficile à utiliser

.aïoli or garlic butter

. enhance the flavor of your sauces (tomato, dressing)

vermifuge

natural antibiotic

helps lower bad cholesterol and reduce blood sugar levels 

Difficult to digest

dermocaustic

 

Dill

Anethum graveolens

Slightly  anised and fresh 

cream-based sauces to season fish, especially salmon

vegetables (potato, zucchini)

salads (cucumber)

 

Stimulates digestive secretions and the gallbladder

Risk of nephrotoxicity after prolonged and high dose ingestion

 

Basil

Ocimum basilicum

The essential oil of Basil has a stronger taste than the aromatic herb we know:

fruit desserts

poultry (chicken)

fish (calamari)

sauces (tomato, garlic)

pasta (garlic-olive oil, tomato)

vegetables (tomato, zucchini, coco beans)

olive oils

 

Relieves all intestinal and gastric problems Recommended for flatulence, bloating, and abdominal pain

 

 

Java citronella

Cymbopogon winterianus

Acidic and lemony flavour

 

Indian or Asian-inspired dishes

marinades, sauces (coconut milk)

 

 

 

 

Coriander (seeds)

Coriandrum sativum

Earthy and slightly camphorated fragrance

savory dishes (such as hummus)

Asian and Mexican cuisine

soups (pumpkin, carrot)

sauces (tomato, béchamel, coconut milk)

rice

 

Aid for various digestive issues, bloating, and stomach-aches

 

 

Tarragon

Artemesia dracunculus

Light note

gratins, seasoning oils, and sauces (béarnaise, sour cream)

vegetable dips

meats (rabbit, beef)

 

Effective against colitis and intestinal spasms

Not recommended for use with anticoagulant treatments or coagulation disorders

 

Sweet Fennel

Fresh taste

 

gaspacho, tomato tart, fougasse, salads

Against flatulences and indigestions

 

 

Bay Laurel

Laurus nobilis

Sweet, bitter and fresh flavor

stews

vegetables or fresh cheese

meats (game, pork, pâté, terrine)

fish (tuna, sardine)

sauces (béchamel, tomato)

vegetables (potato, tomato)

 

 

Pairs well with thyme

 

Marjoram 

Origanum majorana

 

Sunny vegetables: tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers… In savory tarts or pizzas

Recommended for hypertensive individuals

Closely related to oregano with a finer flavor

 

Cornmint

Mentha arvensis

Milder flavor than Peppermint

 

Hepato-digestive stimulant

Very potent taste; a single drop is sufficient to season your dishes and drinks

Peppermint 

Mentha piperita

 

Ideal for salads (cucumbers), cold soups (peas), fresh cheeses, mixed with chocolate, or in your drinks Ideal for salads (cucumbers), cold soups (peas), fresh cheeses, mixed with chocolate, or in your drinks

Facilitate digestion

 

Spearmint

Mentha spicata

An even milder flavor than Peppermint or Field Mint

Tabbouleh

Moroccan tea

 

If you like the scent and taste of fresh mint, we recommend using this essential oil in your dishes instead.

Rosemary Cineole or Verbenon

Rosemarinus officinalis

 

Meats, fish, soups Poultry (chicken, turkey) Vegetables (zucchini, garlic) Sauces

Verbenon variety: detoxifying and liver protection

Pairs well with Bay Laurel and Thyme

 

Savory (Winter)

Satureja montana

Spicy, phenolic flavour

Pizzas, saucy dishes, mefrenats

Stimulates natural defenses

 

 

Clary Sage

Clary sage

herbaceous

pasta, broths and soups

 

Pairs well with Rosemary or Bay laurel

 

Thyme Linalol

Thyumus vulgaris

Very strong taste, best used in cooked dishes

Marinades, sauces (tomato), vinaigrettes, and vegetable preparations

 

 

 

Thyme  Thujanol

Lighter taste than Thyme Linalool

meat, fish, sauces

 

 

 

 

Flowers– Fruits 

 

EO

Taste

Usage

The  +

 

Bergamot

Citrus bergamis

Tangy and sweet flavour

 

Poultry (chicken breast)

Fish (carpaccio, en papillote)

Marinades

Sauces (olive oil)

Pastries (cake, shortbread, madeleine)

Fruit salads (citrus, banana)

Infusion (iced tea)

 

Aids digestion, prevents constipation and intestinal infections Appetite stimulant

 

Lemon

Citrus limonum

 

Desserts or beverages

Fish sauces

Cake or sorbet preparation

Flavoring plain yogurt

Meat (veal)

Poultry (hen, chicken breast)

Shellfish (scallops)

Braised dishes (tagine)

Marinades (alone or with thyme, basil, cloves)

 

Cleanses and stimulates the liver. It also eases digestion and helps reduce gas and bloating

Pairs well with mint / peppermint essential oil

Geranium Rosat

Pelargonium graveolens

Floral flavour

 

Jams

Red fruit desserts (crumbles, panna cotta, muffins, strawberries…)

Creams (crème brûlée, ice cream)

Fruit salads (kiwi), pairs well with red fruits, nectarines (peach)

 

Appetite suppressant to regulate blood sugar

 

Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia

Floral, herbal scent

 

Candy, shortbread, sorbets

In savory dishes, in flavored olive oil for salads

Jams (apricot)

Pastries (crème brûlée, ice cream)

 

calming

 

Green Mandarin

Citrus reticulata

 

Sweet and tangy flavour

 

Juices or cocktails

Pumpkin soups

Poultry (poultry breast)

Shellfish (scallops)

Fish (monkfish, whiting)

Pastries

 

Digestive tonic, against aerophagia Anti-inflammatory for the intestines Useful for heartburn, acidity

 

Orange (Sweet)

Citrus sinensis

Sweet and fruity

 

Chocolate desserts

Meat (beef, pork)

Poultry (duck, guinea fowl)

Fish (white fish)

Soups (carrot)

Sauces (olive oil, mayonnaise)

Pastries (cake, madeleine, cheesecake)

Creams (crème brûlée)

Fruit salads (with cinnamon)

 

Bitter tonic, against stomach spasms

Pairs well with  Cardamom or cinnamon

Petit Grain Bigarade 

Citrus aurantium

Fruity, with a flavor close to orange blossom

Fruity preparations (crumble, jam).

Pastries (cake, shortbread, madeleine, crepe)

Creams (custard, crème brûlée, flan caramel)

Fruit salads

Infusions

Pairs well with citrus fruits (orange), honey, nectarines (peach)

 

Difficult digestion, bloating, digestive spasms, stomachaches

 

in eggnog for better sleep:

1 drop with 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of honey and 25 ml milk to drink at bedtime

 

Grapefruit

Citrus paradisi

Tangy and sweet

Avocado salads and desserts galore: tarts, syrups, shortbread, or sorbets

 

Suppresses appetite Difficult digestion

 

Lemon Verbena 

Lippia citriodora

Lemon scented

 

Dairy products, pies, fruit salads, smoothies, or infusions

Fish (monkfish, sea bass)

Shellfish (oyster)

Fruit compote (peach, pear)

Desserts (ice cream, parfait, panna cotta, custard, crème brûlée)

Pastries (madeleine, shortbread, cake)

Infusion

 

Internal worms

 

Ylang Ylang Complete

 

Pronounced floral scent

Chocolate and apples

 

 

 

Spices

 

EO

Taste

Usage

The +

 

Cinnamon (bark)

Cinnamomum verum

Warm and sweet flavor

All desserts: fruits in all forms, cakes, compotes…

Braised dishes (tagine, curry)

 

vermifuge and helps combat digestive disorders, gastric pain, urinary or intestinal infections.

Increases appetite.

Very potent oil that should not be used undiluted

Cardamom

Elettaria cardamomum

Spicy favour

Savory dishes or fruity desserts (orange, peach).

Ideal in coffee or black tea

Carrot salad

Basmati rice

 

Aids in the prevention of aerophagia

 

Clove bud

Syzygium aromaticum

 

Curry dishes

Apple desserts

Breath freshener

 

Turmeric

Curcuma longa

Savory and discreet flavo

 

Mayonnaise, rice, potatoes, or fish

 

Vermifuge

Bloating, colitis, difficult digestion

 

Ginger 

Zingiber officinale

Spicy and lemony flavor

Soups, gingerbread, shortbread, rhubarb pies

 

Useful in case of constipation, nausea

 

Black Pepper 

Piper nigrum

Spicy, hot, woody

 

for seasoning meats, poultry, sauces, and vegetables (mashed potatoes, mushrooms)

Bloating, hepatic-pancreatic insufficiency, difficult digestion, lack of appetite.

 

 

Pink Pepper

Schinus molle

Peppery, hot, spicy

 

Meats (beef carpaccio)

Poultry (duck)

Fish (salmon)

Shellfish (oyster)

Fruits (apple)”

Top of Form

 

Digestive disorders, intoxication, intestinal infections

 

Digestive and Purifying Essential Oils:

  • Dill, Celery, Cumin, Fennel, Basil, Lemon, Tarragon, Mint

 

Tonic and Antibacterial Essential Oils:

  • Ceylon Cinnamon (bark), Ginger, Mint, Thyme (linalool chemotype), Lemongrass, Turmeric, Clove, Savory

 

Soothing and Mild Essential Oils:

  • Cardamom, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Lemon Verbena, Lemon, Mandarin, Bitter Orange Petitgrain, Vanilla (resinoid), Ylang-Ylang

 

 

Precautions When Using Essential Oils

First and foremost, several essential oils are toxic and should not be ingested. While essential oils like lemon or coriander can be used, it’s essential to steer clear of curly parsley oil, which is highly toxic.

Therefore, it is crucial to research each oil before adding them to your recipes. Ingesting toxic essential oils can lead to symptoms ranging from mild irritation of the mouth’s mucous membranes to nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Some essential oils can even cause seizures or respiratory problems.

 

At-Risk Individuals

  • Prohibited for pregnant women in the first 3 months of pregnancy, as well as infants under 3 months.
  • Pregnant women beyond 3 months and those who are breastfeeding should exercise caution in both aromatic cooking and aromatherapy. Some oils are contraindicated for them.
  • Keep essential oils out of the reach of children.

 

Essential oils can trigger allergic reactions.

 

USAGE PRECAUTIONS

 

  • Only use 100% pure, 100% natural, and chemotyped essential oils, preferably certified as organic. This ensures a high-quality product with a known chemical composition and free from pesticides.

 

  • Avoid using essential oils in baby food (up to 3 years old): firstly, some essential oils may be contraindicated for young children, and secondly, babies already have a wide range of flavors to discover!

 

  • For children under 6 years old, their palates are still developing a taste for “classic” flavors. They may not appreciate the unique aromas of aromatic cooking. It’s better to introduce them gradually starting from the age of 6, beginning with familiar flavors like citrus, for example.

 

  • Never swallow essential oils undiluted or even on a sugar cube because they are highly concentrated.

 

  • Always dilute essential oils in a fatty and/or sweet substance: honey, oil, cereal syrup, cake batter, etc. Water, broth, or milk is not sufficient; a syrupy or fatty substance is required. Dosage must be precise to the drop!

 

Sometimes, one drop too many can render the preparation inedible. So, respect some basic rules:

  • Never incorporate the oil directly into the dish with the dropper, as an accidental drop can easily happen.
  • Always dilute the drop(s) in a spoonful of fatty or syrupy substance before adding it to the preparation.
  • Follow the number of drops indicated in the recipe or, if in doubt, stick to 1 drop per dish.

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