Extracted from a large green shrub is an essential oil known as Laurus Nobilis Oil. This aromatic oil is derived from a shrub comprising of glabrous leaves belonging to the “Laurus nobilis” species within the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil is derived from the leaf of the shrub using the “steam distillation” process. In addition, the extracted oil comprises of a “pleasant” odour. This oil is commonly used in the manufacturing of bathing lotions, antiseptic soaps, and perfumes. It is also used as a flavouring agent in the food industry.
A. Chemical constituents of Laurus Nobilis Oil:
This oil is derived from the leaves of a large green shrub belonging to the “Laurus nobilis” species within the plant kingdom. In addition, this oil also comprises of organic compounds such as Cineol, a-pinene, eugenol, geraniol, linalool, phellandrene, sesquiterpene and sesquiterpenic alcohol.
B. The uses and benefits of Laurus Nobilis Oil:
There are a few benefits that one can gain by using this oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:
Possessing an “antiseptic” property this oil when used helps in treatment of the internal and external wounds by destroying disease causing microorganism.
This oil also possesses an “antibiotic” property and when used helps preventing infectious diseases by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms.
This oil also serves as an “antispasmodic” when used by inhibiting the contraction of respiratory tract, muscles, nerves, blood vessels etc and thereby suppresses conditions such as cough, diarrhea, convulsions etc.
This oil possesses curative properties which helps in relieving pain caused by coughs, cold, sprains etc, and thereby serve as an analgesic.
This oil when used also serves as an “astringent” by enabling the contraction of muscles and tissues, and thereby helps in resolving sagging skin problems.
C. The adverse reactions of Laurus Nobilis Oil:
There are a couple of adverse reactions that can occur while using this oil. They are as follows:
- The use of this oil is extremely harmful to pregnancy, and hence pregnant women must avoid using.
- The use of this oil could be harmful to children below the age of six, and hence must be used with care.