Laurus Nobilis is known as Bay, Sweet Bay or Dalmatia Bay Laurel- its leaves are steam distilled from France or Croatia. The story goes that ancient Greek and Roman Generals would wear crown of laurel leaves when victorious in battle. Both the Greeks and the Romans believed that the laurel tree had great powers of divination and prophecy and that all one had to do to avoid thunder, to lightning or evil spirits was to sun under a laurel tree. Today, Laurel is primarily produced in the country formerly known as Yugoslavia. A fatty oil produced from the berries is used mainly for making soap.In ancient Greece and Rome, crowns were made out of Bay Leaves to honor scholars, warriors, and sportsmen. This tradition is where the name “Poet Laureate” comes from. Baccalaureate, or bachelor’s degree, also comes from this.
🌱 WHAT IT DOES 🌱
Historically, Bay Laurel leaves and the black berries were used medicinally- especially for digestive aid and appetite. During the Middle ages, Laurel was used for respiratory support, fevers, headaches, liver and spleen support. And Laurel has been used fro centuries as a fragrance component in cosmetics and perfumes.Today we know that Laurel is excellent for supporting the respiratory system, digestive system, as a general tonic to boost immunity, as well as a host of other immune response issues. A spicy, aromatic flavoring, bay leaves are commonly used as a flavoring for soups, stews etc
🌱 IDEAS FOR USE – INTERNAL (Vitality™ only) 🌱
use in cooking- substitute one drop oil for one bay leaf
place 1-2 drops with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, grapeseed or almond oil in a vegetarian gelcap and take for internal support
Infuse balsamic vinegar with 1 drop per oz
Make a tonic tea-add 1-3 drops to 6 oz hot water and sweeten to taste
Add 1-2 drops to your water for a flavor boost
add 2-4 drops to a smoothie
Use 1-5 drops per 4 oz of salad dressing
Flavor spray- 1 tbsp olive oil + 10 drops essential oil + app 2oz water- spray over veggies, salads, meats or pastas at the end of cooking
Flavor butter or coconut oil- 1 drop per 1tsp- to make a delicious spread
🌱 TOPICAL/ AROMATIC (non-Vitality™) 🌱
DIY facial spray- 1 tsp glycerin (or aloe vera juice) + 4oz quality water (not from the tap) + 2 drops each: lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis). Great for normal to blemished skin
Bay Laurel is a circulatory oil that assists in lymph movement. Massaging lymph areas (such as knees and armpits) with oils while in the shower
stimulateand revitalize thinning hair with a blend of lairs nobles, lavender, rosemary, peppermint, geranium… make a head spraywith 20 drops + water, or add a few drops to shampoo
Apply to abdomen with carrier oil to support healthy, solid bowel movements as needed
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As the world leader in essential oils and a renowned essential oil distiller, we’re constantly improving our farms and global partnerships while staying committed to our Seed to Seal promise. With locations on six continents and more than 30 countries, Young Living’s global presence is undisputed. With our global growth, our commitment to creating pure, potent essential oils and products through environmentally conscious methods also continues to grow.
This is where everything started! In 1993, Gary Young brought lavender seeds from France and began growing them here.
Located in Monah, Utah, just a few miles outside Young Living Headquarters, the Mona Lavender farm is over 1600 acres and boast one of the largest privately owned, state-of-the-art distilleries in the world.
Although this ranch is one of our newest locations, many Young Living global leaders have attended retreats and events hosted at the beautiful Skyrider Wilderness Ranch. Nestled in the hills of Tabiona, Utah, and home to stunning vistas and wildlife, this farm is close to Gary Young’s heart. It’s a location where our unique einkorn grain can grow, as well as a place where Gary can perform research on distillation methods and new botanicals.
Located in scenic Naples, Idaho, the Highland Flats Tree Farm is home to some of the beautiful evergreen trees that help Young Living produce essential oils inspired by the great outdoors. This location is not only a blue spruce farm but is also home to one of the world’s largest essential oil distilleries. It’s the location of Young Living’s annual Winter Harvest and Spring Planting projects, which allow members to participate in the Seed to Seal process firsthand.
In 2014—after extensive scouting and research to find the best possible location—Young Living purchased land in British Columbia, Canada, for the Northern Lights Farm. The pristine land remains free of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers, thanks to its relatively untouched nature prior to Young Living’s ownership.
Farm Fact: This farm is already a main source of Black Spruce essential oil, an important oil in many popular blends, including Valor II™, Shutran™, Harmony™, Awaken™, and Envision™.
Young Living’s partnership with the Kona Sandalwood Reforestation Project is a great example of how Young Living and our partnerships strive to preserve cultural values. At this location, only dead or dying sandalwood is harvested to maintain the ecological balance on the island and to follow the deeply rooted Hawaiian belief in humans’ respectful relationship with the land.
Building this farm and its state-of-the-art distillery started as one of Gary Young’s passion projects. Today, Guayaquil’s tropical climate helps nurture Young Living’s 2,000 acres of rich soil, year-round harvests, and lush botanical life.
Young Living’s Simiane-la-Rotonde Lavender Farm is located in charming Provence, a region of France renowned for its beauty, fragrant lavender fields, and summer-long festivals. Because of its history and breathtaking views, this farm has become a popular destination for essential oil lovers, artists, and visitors looking to breathe in the captivating spirit of the special location.
Dalmatia’s striking and historic landscape reflects its deep cultural roots and makes an ideal home for the botanical helichrysum. That’s why this farm was founded with the intention of becoming a sustainable source for the popular Helichrysum oil, but the location has since continued to grow and cultivate even more botanicals.
Farm Fact: Rocks were transplanted to the helichrysum plantation to replicate the natural growing conditions of the previously wild-crafted plant.
Located in Bulgaria, one of the most valued rose-growing regions in the world, the Balkan Botanical Farm specializes in roses, and has expanded its essential oil farm offerings to include Roman chamomile and valerian as part of its partnership with Young Living. The Balkan Botanical Farm builds upon the deep history and worldwide recognition of botanical farming in the region.
Farm Fact: The Balkan Botanical farm is also involved in promoting local cultural events, regional festivals, and educational opportunities for workers and their families.
Australia’s Northern Territory outback sets the stunning backdrop for this location’s plantations of Australian cypress pine trees. Drawing on ethnobotanical use in the aboriginal pharmacopeia, the founder of the Outback Botanical Reserve actually stumbled upon a new, now patented method of distillation that resulted in Blue Cypress essential oil. This oil’s many benefits are still being researched to this day
While this farm is headquartered in Perth, the sandalwood plantations extend across Australia’s tropical northern outback. This location utilizes a remarkable approach to protecting precious sandalwood trees from India’s growing black market by bringing seeds from India to be cultivated on this farm. Once safely planted in their new home, these trees are cultivated with the industry’s highest standards of quality, sustainability, and environmental stewardship.
The limestone cliffs of Oman’s Dhofar Mountains provide the perfect environment for the frankincense tree to grow, and Young Living is the first and only company in the world to obtain permission to distill and export Omani Sacred Frankincense oil and bring it into the Western world. The Boswellia sacra trees in this region carry a rich history, having been harvested for the past 5,000 years. Today, their resin is harvested by the same method and on the same schedule as their ancestors, so they continue this centuries-old story.
This region has long revered frankincense for its luxurious fragrance and properties. The esteemed benefits of the frankincense tree are now available to homes around the world, and Young Living’s longstanding partnership has played an integral role in the process of making Frankincense oil more accessible.
This cooperative farm is actually made up of smaller individual farm operations that each focus on different oils. Like each unique operation, each oil has its own story and background that include its preservation, generational history and family significance, and the ingenuity and innovation necessary to create it.