Bay

Plant/part: Tree/leaf (source: morocco and spain)

Latin name: Laurus noblis

Family: Lauracea

Note: Top

Extraction: Distillation

Aroma: Sweet and spicy, a little like cinnamon

Properties: A good scalp and hair tonic, and for respiratory disorders and depression. Can be stimulating to the memory. Stimulating, energising. Expels wind , settles stomach pain and has a tonic effect on the liver and kidneys. Promotes the flow of urine. Has a tonic action on the reproductive system, regulates scanty periods and speeds up delivery in childbirth. May also help to ease ear infections thereby mitigating feelings of dizziness and restoring balance.

Chemical constituents: Geraniol, linalool, terpineol (alcohol), cineole (ketone), eugenol (phenol), phellandrene, pinene (terpenes)

Precautions: Use less than recommended dilution; can cause skin irritation.

Blends: Coriander, eucalyptus, ginger, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, marjoram, orange, rose, rosemary, thyme, ylang ylang