You can easily find laurel in many households but what you don’t know is that these leaves have a lot of beneficial characteristics to them. Besides using this common spice to enhance the flavor of many meals and dishes, you can use it to prepare a laurel essential oil to treat different health problems and conditions.
The laurel leaves has been used in the preparation of medicinal oil for years, which has numerous benefits on the overall human health.
Here are some of the benefits of laurel leaves:
- It relaxes the nervous system
- It boosts up the immune system
- It cleanses the colon
- It increases and enhances the sweating.
- It treats varicose veins and joint pain.
- It stimulates mental activity.
Laurel essential oil can be applied topically, as a compress, in the bath, through direct inhalation, or used with a diffuser.
Use laurel leaves to make your own laurel essential oil that is extremely beneficial to your health.
Laurel Essential Oil Recipe:
- 250 ml of olive oil
- 30 grams of laurel leaves
Wash the laurel leaves and then mash them in a bowl. Add the oil next. Put the mixture in a glass bottle and leave it on cool and dark place for 14 days. In a while, shake the bottle. After two weeks have passed strain the mixture and place it in another glass bottle. It is very important to keep this oil in a cold place.
After this your oil is ready to be put to use. You can use the oil as a lotion for massaging painful joints. Just heat it on steam and rub the sore areas. This oil can soothe your unbearable headaches. So put some oil between your palms and rub your temples with it. You will get a great relief.
To help counter rheumatic aches and pains, add 10 drops of laurel oil – or some fresh leaves – to a hot bath and relax for a while. After the bath, rub the affected areas with oil made from 20 ml (4 tsp) grape seed oil and 12 drops laurel; wear a thick, warm dressing gown and lie on your bed for at least half an hour.
A soya and laurel oil is very useful for a stiff neck: add 5 drops laurel to 10 ml (2 tsp) soya oil and use to massage all over the neck until absorbed then wear a thick scarf for at least 20 minutes, resting your head on a pillow. You could use leaves as well: boil for 10 minutes, and then dip a small towel or nappy in the liquid and place around the neck. Either of these remedies can also be used for sprains.
The essential oil can also be used for pediculosis, scabies and loss of hair after an infection. Blend laurel essential oil with jojoba oil. Massage into neck to relax sore muscles and to clear the mind,
So go ahead and take advantage of this magnificent plant and put its helpful benefits to your use. It is easy, simple and inexpensive and that is what we all want, isn’t it?