Bay Leaf Oil, Some Uses

Bay Leaf Oil, Some Uses

Bay leaf - treeBay Leaf oil (Laurus nobilis), AKA “Laurel Leaf” oil, comes from the Laurel tree which was also used to fashion the laurel wreath of ancient Greece, a symbol of highest status. It is also a popular culinary herb. Bay leaf oil has a pungent, young, fresh aroma. Definite spicy undertones but it grows sweeter as it evaporates.

Aromatic influences: Promotes the fire of creativity and renews inspiration. Bracing, strengthening, and invigorating.

Combines well with:

Pine Needles, Pine, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Lime, Tangerine, Bergamot, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Nutmeg

Points of Interest

  • G.R.A.S.
  • Potential irritant or sensitizer. Avoid in baths and massage if you have sensitive or allergy prone skin.
  • Do not use during pregnancy.
  • Bay Leaf drawingTransforms lethargy and low spirits.
  • Restores enthusiasm for everything you do.
  • Add 1 drop Bay Leaf oil to 2 cups vegetable oil of choice and use as a salad dressing.
  • Lessons pain. Relaxes tight muscles.
  • Promotes restful sleep.
  • To clear sinusitis, inhale aroma of 2 drops Bay Leaf and 4 drops Lemon (5)
  • Repels insects.
  • To relieve feelings of hopelessness, vaporize 3 drops Bay Leaf and 3 drops Bergamot. (5)
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel.
  • And have fun with it!


Here are a few recipes involving Bay Leaf oil. To check for more, you can click on Bay Leaf in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it. Bay Leaf oil can be a problem on the skin so be careful. If you cannot use it on your skin, take the massage and bath blends, use just the essential oils without the carrier oils and diffuse them.


  • 2 drops Bay Leaf
  • 4 drops Black Pepper
  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Massage formula into chest morning and night, to fortify your immune system. (5)

Bay leaf 3Minty Body Powder

  • 60 drops Spearmint
  • 40 drops Lavender
  • 20 drops Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 cup Corn Starch

Measure the corn starch and pour into a wide-mouthed jar, then add essential oils. Close lid tightly, shake well, allow to sit for a day. Shake well before every use. (4)

Foot Powder

  • 80 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 20 drops Clove Bud
  • 20 drops Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 cup Corn Starch

Measure the corn starch and pour into a wide-mouthed jar, then add essential oils. Close lid tightly, shake well, allow to sit for a day. Shake well before every use. Before applying the powder, rub in well the following on the bottom of each foot:

  • 5 drops of Grapeseed oil
  • 3 drops Copaiba Balsam  (4)

House plantsPlant Insect Repellant

  • 10 drops Clove Bud
  • 5 drops Bay Leaf
  • 1 gallon Water

Fill a container with the water and add essential oils. Mix well to disperse droplets in water. Water plants well prior to using solution. Then water plant with formula. Can be used on a regular basis. (4)

Plant Insect Spray

  • 45 drops Peppermint
  • 45 drops Bay Leaf
  • 4 ounces water

Add formula to a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Mist infected plant. Use as minimal amount as possible. Several applications, a few days apart, might be necessary. Can be used on outdoor as well as indoor plants. Use on plants or bushes that are already infected with insects. (4)

Soothe Aching Muscles Hand Bath

  • 4 drops Bay Leaf
  • 4 drops Ginger Root
  • 4 drops Nutmeg
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 1 teaspoon Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Hazelnut, or Sesame oil

Add the formula to a basin of warm/hot water and soak your hands for 20 –  30 minutes. (4)

ShavingPre-Shave Oil

  • 1 drop Bay Leaf
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 20 drops Flaxseed oil

Mix together well, and apply to the area before shaving. (4)

Travel Comfortably Mist Spray

  • 35 drops German Chamomile
  • 35 drops Lemon
  • 30 drops Bay Leaf
  • 25 drops Lavender
  • 25 drops Ginger Root
  • 25 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 4 ounces Pure Water

Add all ingredients to a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Use before and during the trip, as necessary. Inhale aroma deeply. Can use spring, filtered, bottled, or distilled water. Can also boil tap water at a hard boil for 15 minutes. Allow water to cool before mixing formula. (4)

And finally,

It’s time to try out Bay Leaf oil! Let us know what recipe you like the best in the comment section down before.

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  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  3. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  4. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  5. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding




About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.