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Herbology 101 - Herbal Remedies and Herb Information

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Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
Bay Laurel is a common herb in cooking, often just called Bay Leaves. It is a small tree which grows to about 15-20 feet tall in mild climates, it is an excellent container plant (do not overwater). Bay Laurel is sometimes added to toothpaste and deodorant because of its antibacterial action. Used topically and ingested.

WARNING: Be sure it is Bay Laurel, as certain other Laurel plants are poisonous
People with allergies should be aware that this is a plant to which people are often allergic.
May cause skin irritation when used topically.
Do not use essential oils while pregnant

Used for:

  • Congestion
  • Muscle Tension
  • Digestion
  • Joint pain


History Bay Laurel has been used to repel weevils, moths, fleas and lice, as well as hanging small bunches to preotect from evil spirits, like poltergeists. It was prized in purification rituals, and as a symbol of scholarly excellence. The wreath or crown of Laurel was presented to the top acheivers in their fields.
Medicinally, it historically has been used to stimulate the uterus, added to the bath to relax sore muscles and joints, as well as being applied to the chest in a paste or unguent to relieve congestion.

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