Botanical Name: Laurus nobilis
Plant Part: Leaves
Processing Method: Steam Distillation
Product Description: Laurus nobilis is an evergreen tree or large shrub in the flowering Lauraceae plant family with smooth green leaves. The evergreen tree reaches maturity after five years and yields about 5 kg of leaves per season, which in turn gives about 50-70 g of essential oil. The leaf of laurel has a pleasant odour and its taste is characteristically strong, pungent and aromatic. The bitterness of fresh leaves is easily removed by drying. The oil is colourless with strong aromatic, stimulant and narcotic properties. It has a warm, fresh, penetrating, camphor-like odour resembling eucalyptus and a distinctly sweet, soothing and cooling, medicinal, spicy, peppery flavour with good persistence and bitter aftertaste.
Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping), be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.