Latin: Laurus nobilis L.
Synonyms: Laurel, sweet bay, bay laurel, victor's laurel.
Leathery dark green elliptic lanceolate leaves up to 7cm.
Parts used: Leaves, essential oil.
Volatile oil – up to 3%, cineole.
Essential oil used externally for rheumatism.
Culinary herb stimulates digestion.
Essential oil not used during pregnancy.
Rare cases of contact dermatitis from allergy to essential oil.