Sweet Bay 

Botanical Name Laurus nobilis  
Botanical family Lauraceae 
Origin Greece 
Method Complete distillation by steam distillation 
Plant part Sheets 
Appearance limpid mobile liquid 
Color pale yellow to yellow 
Odor fresh, powerful, with spicy notes 
Biochemical composition of the essential oil Monoterpene alcohols (15–25%): linalool, alpha-terpineol, terpinen-4-ol
Oxides (35–45%): 1,8-cineole 
Monoterpenes (15%): pinenes, sabinene 
Esters (10%): terpinyl acetate, terpinyl formate 
Phenols (3–5%): eugenol Lactones (3%): costunolide 
Therapeutic properties   1. Anticatarrhal, expectorant and mucolytic  
2. Wide spectrum anti-infective
3. Antispasmodic  
4. Powerful analgesic
5. Anti-putrefactive
6. Reduces bruising
Main therapeutic indications   1. All conditions affecting the mouth: gingivitis, mouth ulcers, stomatitis, toothache
2. Influenzas and ENT and pulmonary catarrh  
3. Acne, boils, abscess in any location 
4. Peptic ulcers, venous leg ulcers
5. Pressure sores, bedsores  
6. Fungal infections of the skin and nails
7. Intestinal putrefaction, flatulence
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