Laurel toxicity

Sweet bay toxicity


Is laurel toxic?

No, laurel is not a toxic tree. It is considered a safe plant for health. It is safe when consumed in medicinal doses and as food in the right amount.

However, its essential oil is considered phototoxic and digestive stimulant.

What are the components of laurel?

Laurel leaves

Photo of laurel leaves

  • Sweet bay contains in its essential oil: cineole, pinene, linalool, terpineol acetate, sabinene, limonene, methyl eugenol and camphene.
  • Sweet bay fruits have more essential oil than leaves: 3% essential oil in fruits and 1% in leaves.
  • Laurel leaves also contain sesquiterpene lactones (costunolide and laurenobiolide) and tannins.

Precautions before taking laurel

  • Do not take laurel essential oil if you are pregnant or lactating. Also do not take remedies with bay leaves in a state of pregnancy because there are not enough studies. Check with your doctor before taking laurel.
  • Children under 12 should not take medicines with essential oil of laurel.
  • Do not take laurel if you are allergic to plants of the Lauraceae or Compositae families.
  • Before taking laurel read the “Contraindications of laurel”.

More information on laurel.

This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

7 June, 2023

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