Bay Laurel

Origin: Mediterranean

Family: Lauraceae
Scientific Name: Laurus nobilis

Folk Names: Daphne, Grecian laurel, Roman laurel, sweet bay, true laurel


Element: Fire
Day: Sunday
Planet: The Sun
Zodiac: Leo
Associated Celebrations: SumSol
Deities: Adonis, Aesculapius, Apollo, Artemis, Buddha, Ceres, Cerridwen, Daphne, Gaia, Helios, Mars, Ra

Parts used: Leaves

Magical Properties: Psychic skills, cleansing, purification, protection, healing, consecration, luck, wishes, exorcism, hex-breaking

Magical Uses

Harvest at sunrise, while facing east, for maximum effect.


Part Used: Leaves
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 70°C

Scent Type: Herbaceous
Perfume Note: Middle/top
Scent Description: Fresh, herbaceous scent

Aromatherapeutic Uses

Warming and calming, helpful with muscle pain, circulation, colds/flus.



The genus Laurus contains only 4 species, who are very similar and overlap in many characteristics.

Type: Tree
Plant Height: 7-20m
Leaves: Smooth green leaves 6-12cm long and 2-4cm wide
Flowers: Pale, yellow-green flowers, 1cm across
Fruit: Shiny black, berry-like fruit 1cm across with one seed

In the Garden

Type: Evergreen tree
Sow: Spring
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Do not over-water
Soil: Rich, well-drained soil

Companion Planting: Beans