Progress in Essential Oils: February 2012

Laurus nobilis Oil
Laurus nobilis L. is a shrubby tree that is found growing throughout Europe and North Africa, consequently oil can be readily produced from the leaves as they are plentiful.

Leaves of L. nobilis (also known as bay) were collected in different onotogenetic stages in the grounds of the University of Tehran (Iran), air-dried and subjected to both steam and hydrodistillation for three hours by Amin et al. (2007). The resultant oils were subjected to analysis by GCFID and GC/MS and their results are summarized in T-1. In addition, the authors averaged all of their analytical results on both hydrodistilled and steam distilled oils and additionally identified the following constituents (presumably all from the hydrodistilled oil):

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