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Noble Laurel (Laurus nobilis)

 

 

 

Botanical Characteristics

  • Scientific Name : Laurus nobilis
  • Family : Lauraceae
  • Origin : Mediterranean regions

 

 

Description

 

The Noble Laurel, also known as Bay Laurel, is an evergreen shrub of the Lauraceae family. It is distinguished by its leathery, dark green, and glossy leaves, oval to lanceolate in shape, arranged oppositely along the stems. The flowers of the Noble Laurel are small, yellow, clustered in terminal clusters, and appear in spring.

 

 

 

Climate and Cultivation

  • The Noble Laurel thrives in a warm, sunny Mediterranean climate.
  • It prefers well-drained and fertile soils, preferably limestone.
  • Its cultivation is usually done by cuttings or by transplanting established shrubs. It can be grown in pots or in the ground and requires little maintenance once established.

 

 

In Mythology

 

In ancient Greece, laurel was associated with the god Apollo, the god of light, music, poetry, and the arts. The ancient Greeks used laurel leaves to make honorary crowns, called "laurels," which were given to winners of sports competitions, games, and artistic contests. These laurel crowns were considered symbols of triumph, glory, and divine recognition.

 

Laurel was also associated with protection and purification in many ancient cultures. The Romans wore laurel crowns in religious and military ceremonies, believing that it would protect them from harmful influences and bring them victory.

 

Similarly, the ancient Greeks burned laurel leaves to purify the air and ward off evil spirits during purification rituals. In addition to its connotation of victory and protection, laurel was also associated with wisdom and knowledge. Because of its association with Apollo, laurel was considered sacred and was often planted near temples and divination sites. Ancient Greek philosophers and poets were crowned with laurel as a token of recognition for their intellectual and artistic contributions.

 

 

 

Keywords

 

Purifying, developing courage and confidence, stabilizing emotions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noble Laurel Hydrolat

 

 

Origin and Production Process : Noble Laurel Hydrolat is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves and branches of the noble laurel tree. This distillation process captures the water-soluble molecules and aromatic compounds of the laurel, producing a hydrolat with beneficial therapeutic properties.

 

 

 

Appearance and Scent : This hydrolat is presented as a clear, slightly tinted water, with a distinctive and powerful scent of laurel. Its aroma is fresh, herbaceous, and spicy, offering a rich and invigorating olfactory experience.

 

 

 

Historical Virtues

 

For consumption : This hydrolat easily flavors potatoes, sauces, or vegetable broths. It pairs very well with lentils, mushrooms, and all root vegetables. Over time, laurel was used to sanitize and make preparations more digestible thanks to its bactericidal action, much like thyme and rosemary. This is why you can see a beautiful laurel leaf on terrines. It is anti-infectious and is a detox stimulant for the digestive system.

 

On the skin : It purifies the skin, fights acne, regulates sebum, and tightens pores.

 

On the hair : It soothes irritated scalp.

 

 

 

Note : Noble Laurel Hydrolat, with its antibacterial, toning, and soothing properties, is a versatile product for skin care and well-being rituals. Its fresh scent and multiple uses make it an essential ally for a healthy and balanced life.

 

 

 

 

WARNING

 

The information on properties, indications, and usage comes from reliable sources in aromatherapy, hydrolatherapy, and phytotherapy, such as specialized books and reputable websites. These data are frequently found in these sources and are often supported by observations in scientific environments. However, it is essential to emphasize that those informations are provided for informational purposes only. It should not be considered as medical advice and cannot engage our responsibility. For any therapeutic use, it is strongly recommended to consult a qualified healthcare professional.

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