Botanical name: Laurus nobilis
Perfumery note: Top
Related Planets/Deities: Apollo/Sun
Aroma: Fruity, fresh, spicy, herbaceous
Energetic Properties: Warm, sanctified, ethereal, strengthening
Aromatherapy Properties: Bay oil is is often used in aromatherapy blends that support the respiratory system, and assists in clearing bronchitis and other conditions in which respiration is compromised. It also may help to calm and focus the mind.
Warnings: Listed as GRAS (generally regarded as safe) by the FDA, Bay laurel can be a dermal irritant; users should be cautious when applying it directly to the skin. Bay laurel should be avoided by pregnant women.
Practical Uses: In an aroma oil burner, Bay laurel is useful for respiratory support, to help fight colds and flu, and as a calming and focusing agent. Mixed with bath or massage oil, it helps with the aforementioned conditions, and also helps to relieve muscular tension. In general, Bay is an excellent supportive oil for many ailments. As Bay can easily irritate the skin, care should be taken when using it in bath or massage blends.
Spiritual Uses: Bay has long been associated with divination, and was used to roof the Temple of Delphi, which housed the Greek god Apollo’s famous oracle; a simple inhalation of the scent is said to help increase psychic ability. Bay is often used in dream pillows, or other magickal devices to help bring prophetic dreams. Another common use of Bay laurel is protection of both the individual and the home. Being a powerful sun herb, Bay is a fine choice for spiritual work to promote self-confidence for taking on new challenges.
Blends well with: Similar oils, such as Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Sage, and also with Cedarwood, Lemon, Coriander, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Juniper, and Rose.
History: The Greek story of the creation of Bay laurel is well known to those familiar with classical mythology: Apollo, enamored with the nymph Daphne, chased after her, and she cried out to her father, the river god Peneus, for help. Peneus changed her into a laurel tree, at which point Apollo declared that her leaves would forever crown the victorious and brave. And indeed, wreaths of Bay laurels were used to crown victors in the ancient Pythian games. This is the origin of the term laureate. Before delivering prophecies, the priestesses at Apollo’s Temple of Delphi ate whole Bay leaves. Since they are mildly narcotic, this may have helped induce trance states which aided prophesying. In the Bible, the Bay laurel is often an emblem of prosperity and fame. In Christian tradition, it symbolizes the resurrection of Christ. Bay is also commonly used in cooking; one leaf is often enough to flavor an entire dish.
Perfect for use with our Ceramic Oil Burners.