20 responses to “Laurus nobilis”

  1. Knox

    Most interesting and well written. Thanks for expanding my knowledge horizon.
    These articles are much appreciated.

  2. max

    Fascinating stuff.
    Of course, you will also find it in your kitchen, in the jar marked “bay leaf”.

  3. Eric in SF

    We have both the California Bay Laurel, Umbellularia californica and introduced Laurus species growing as garden subjects and street trees in San Francisco. My amateur cook friends are always on the lookout for someone with a Bay Laurel tree in their backyard.

  4. John murtaugh

    I have a six year old potted bay tree in the house and use the dried the leaves for cooking.
    I never considered making a herbal tea. With so many stated benefits, I think I will try some tonight, although I am not sure which of my conditions needs help.
    I do appreciate the current series which are most informative.

  5. Katherine

    And in stores that carry fancy, hand-made or natural soaps (Whole Foods springs to mind), you can find laurel or bay soap. Smells wonderful.

  6. TC

    Max, you took the words right out of my mouth…er…I mean keyboard.

  7. elizabeth a airhart

    i have the flu will the above cure me
    this is a good series thank you

  8. Elizabeth Revell

    Bay Leaf – under-utilised? Really …???
    I’m staggered. It has always been a total standby in most of our family stews, casseroles etc in New Zealand for many years while Garlic was considered a bizarre, outlandish, dare I say it FOREIGN ingredient. No, Bay Leaf was normal, acceptable, ok.
    Herbal tea? weeellll, maybe a bit stretching it.
    Aren’t the different international viewpoints intriguing? We don’t realize how different our post-TV cultures are until someting like this crops up.

  9. Old Ari

    Not to be confused with the (Cherry) Laurel which contains prussic acid.

  10. Jeremy

    When people say that bay leaf is not underused, they are correct, from their perspective. But how many people who regularly stick a leaf or two in their stew even know that Laurus produces berries, that the berries are high in oil, and that the oil can be used to make soap and cosmetics?
    I find it interesting that in Syria, many Laurus trees have leaves that are almost free of scent, because selection there has been for high-oil berries, rather than high-aroma leaves.
    Nice series. Thanks.

  11. Margaret-Rae Davis

    This is all very interesting. I always have a Bay Plant in the house in the winter and in a pot in the garden each summer. I use the leaves in soups and stews as the inpart a very nice taste. And of course remove them before serving. I really enjoyed a the information.
    Thank you,

  12. chris

    I have been using the oil extracted from the leaves in a massage oil. Not only is the smell unbelievably lovely it seems to assist patients with nervine type conditions.
    i think that it is a totally under utilised plant.

  13. iqbal

    thanking alot for the information that i gain but the quiestion now how we can extract the oil from the leaves and fruit in detailes please so i need it
    thank u again

  14. iqbal

    in addition to that i need applicable method in drying leaves

  15. Tina Mae Wipf

    Thank-you, I live in Ohio America, visited the University of Vancouver. I am a first or fiftyith generation America-Canadian.
    I signed up for Botany in the local grade 9-12 for botany, I did not learn how to make soap, or what was edible of indigenous plants, neither did I recieve a book.
    I signed up for Biology again I did not learn what animals I could eat, how to become self-sufficient.
    How many other people did this happen to, unfortunatly we were then told to take classes in Physics, so now there are Missiles and Atomic bombs.
    I was not my idea but the Government(s), I believe some are criminals.

  16. steve Apelian

    I am really thankful to all those who have provided the valueable information about Bay or laurel.It is indeed classified as underutilized plant species. I was at an international workshop in Italy representing My country Syria as one of the most successful manufacturer and marketer of Laurel soap .And as one of the most reliable source of information about this miraculas plant, even Syrian Ministry of Agriculture gets much experienced knowledge from our resources as LAURAPEL Co.We have a history of 66 years in this field . We would be much pleased to assist in any kind of help in our profession to promote this economically important plant.
    For more information please visit our website
    please do not hesitate to ask anything related to this subject by email or direct contact.
    Reference person Steve Apelian

  17. Omar

    my question is :what is the average production of laurel leaves [NOT DRYED and after DRYING]
    in kilo can produce a laurel tree (about 3 years old).
    Thank you in advance

  18. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    Apart from all the great information on this page, it’s also an extremely interesting photo! Behind the bowl of laurel, some kind of crystalline substance on the left, then fruits, seeds, seedpods… blue beads, even, in the background… unusual containers…
    I’d love to see this array in the flesh. I imagine the sights and smells would be wonderful.

  19. patrick Shannon

    Do you know where I can purchase a Laurus Nobilis tree (Bay Laurel) in Vancouver?

  20. Natural handcrafted soap

    THE BEST ONE IS FROM Syria BUT NOW is hard to get on this time ..

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