Beneficial properties of Laurel

Laurus nobilis

Laurel, from the gods to ordinary mortals...


The properties of Laurel are many but above all there are the following: digestive, expectorant and antiseptic.
Fresh Laurel leaves are an important source of:

  • Vitamin C or ascorbic acid, a powerful natural antioxidant, anti-viral, it stimulates the immune system and promotes wound healing.
  • Folic acid and vitamin A, essential for maintaining the health of sight, skin and mucous membranes.
  • Vitamins of group B which help regulate metabolism, contribute to the synthesis of enzymes and the functioning of the nervous system.
  • Minerals, such as potassium, which are important for keeping blood pressure and heart rate under control.
  • Iron, necessary for the production of red blood cells.

In herbal medicine and in natural medicine Laurel has astringent, diuretic and appetite stimulants’ properties.
The components present in laurel leaves are used for the production of medicines for the treatment of arthritis, muscle pains, bronchitis and flu symptoms.
It is also useful in case of sciatica attacks and soothing in states of fatigue and nervousness.
It is a natural repellent against insects and parasites.


Plants are our great allies, but they can interact with drugs, not suitable during pregnancy and breastfeeding or for our personal sensibilities.

It is therefore always advisable to ask the suggestion of a professional.

Essential Oils, in the majority of cases, must be used diluted in carrier oils or with other vegetal substances.

As it treats of essences, they can also be irritating, especially for particularly sensitive people.

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