The laurel leaf is a symbol of glory and triumph, used as a motif in the crowns of the Roman emperors, warriors and very outstanding athletes of ancient Greece, from ancient times. The laurel wreath was considered an amulet that protected the wearer from all kinds of evil forces.
The laurel belongs to the family of Lauraceae and can reach a height between 2 and 8 meters. It has flowers that are usually yellowish or white, and olive-like fruit.
Among the trees of its species, the laurel is related to others such as cinnamon and camphor. The part used is the leaves and fruit.
It is usually used in cooking, in combination with other herbs such as oregano, thyme and parsley. The laurel is one of the species most commonly used for seasoning, can be used to flavor meats, stews, soups and other spicy dishes. However, it is generally recommended to remove the leaf before serving the dish.
This spice contains essential oils such as cineole, pinene, linalool, gerianol, sabinene, limonene, camphene, and tannins, and lipids; lauric acid glycerides, oleic, palmitic and linoleic.
Thanks to its characteristics, this plant is considered as a powerful pain reliever, as well as anti-inflammatory and antirheumatic. Therefore, it is very common to use to treat sciatica pain, ankle sprains, strains, in which case it is recommended to rub the affected area with the essential oil.
On the other hand, it has excellent diuretic and digestive properties eliminating gases in digestive tract. That is why the laurel is recommended for sluggish digestion.
It is also antiseptic, expectorant, antispasmodic, digestive and appetite stimulant. Also useful is antihaemorrhoidal and worming.
Laurel oil is used as an inflammatory tonic that can be used to combat muscle aches, stiff neck, back pain, sciatica, and even bone pain.
The laurel is often used as an ingredient in creams. It is also used to prevent and control hair fall and dandruff problems, a way to use it is by massaging the scalp with essential oil.
Laurel essential oil should not be taken pure, and much less in the case of pregnancy, lactation or by children. Avoid use if you suffer from gastritis, ulcers, and respiratory allergies. Its external use is considered safe.
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