Essential Oils

How to Make Laurel Oil at Home: Step-By-Step

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Make Laurel Oil at Home: Step-By-Step

Laurel oil is one of the most used essential oils in aromatherapy, particularly for its sedative, digestive and diuretic properties. Additionally, it is also a normal component of antiseptic and anti-inflammatory topical skin creams and perfume and other cosmetics. Making it at home can be a simple task with the right technique. Read this OneHowTo article and find out how to make laurel oil.

You'll need:

  • 30g of fresh laurel leaves
  • 1 litre of extra virgin olive oil
  • Vitamin E
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Steps to follow:


The first thing to do is pick up some fresh bay leaves. It is important that they are not dried so that they keep all their properties and will make much better oil. Then, you also need extra virgin olive oil, or almond oil failing that. In terms of amounts, it is best to use a litre of oil for 30 grams of bay leaves.

How to Make Laurel Oil at Home: Step-By-Step - Step 1

Once all the ingredients are to hand, we can start preparing the homemade laurel oil. To do this, crush the leaves with your hands or a pestle and mortar if you have one. You must crush them until you start to see a light oil. That is why the leaves need to be fresh, not dried.


When they are well crushed, take the leaves and the oily substance they have released and put it into a sealable container and cover with olive oil. Then seal the container and leave to marinate for two weeks in a cool place free from humidity. Over time, you must change the bay leaves for new ones to enhance the aroma. Just pick more fresh leaves, wash them, mash them up and add to the jar with oil, cover and leave for two weeks.

How to Make Laurel Oil at Home: Step-By-Step - Step 3

After these two weeks, you can strain the oil. To do this you need a cotton cloth or gauze. Simply place the cloth or gauze on the container where you are going to keep it for use and pour the oil on it. Then, squeeze the cloth as much as you can to remove as much oil as possible.


And you're done! Now you have your home-made laurel oil ready for use. If you wish, you can add a few drops of vitamin E so that it lasts longer. You can use the oil topically to soften and nourish the skin. In case of ingestion, you should consult your doctor since an excess can cause vomiting and diarrhoea. Ingesting it is not at all suitable for people with gastritis or ulcers. If you would like to make more homemade oils do not miss our articles how to make rosemary oil, lavender oil or eucalyptus oil.

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This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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If you can not find fresh bay leaves is there a website or particular laurel oil you recommend to purchase? This would be for hair loss use. Also how would you dilute it for hair loss treatment?
Elise Crawford
Hello Jen, I'm having a heck of a time making this recipe because I don't know how bay leaves to use as I don't understand how many bay leaves are in 30 grams. Would you be so kind to give me american measurements for this recipe? Thank you :)
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Elise,

It is a bit tricky when using bay leaves to measure them. It's similar to when someone says use a ‘handful’ (how big are the hands?!?). Bay leaves give a fragrant and beautiful depth of flavor, but it is generally quite mild. How many you use will depend on personal taste. Only one might be suitable, but up to 10 may be used if you really want the laurel (bay) flavor to come through. We suggest putting in 3 or 4 for a balanced palate.

Hope this helps!
Jennifer Piazza
How many times do I change the bay leaves over the two week period? Thank you!
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Jen,

You can change them every couple of days. If you do it too often, you won't get all the goodness out of the leaves. If you don't do it enough, you will have a relatively weak oil.
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