Ancient Medical Miracle Rediscovered by Modern Science - Laurus Nobilis


Ancient Medical Miracle Rediscovered by Modern Science - Laurus Nobilis



Laurus Nobilis is an archaic plant species that flourished on the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana. It predates the dinosaurs and all mammalian life on Earth. Laurel is one of a very few species of plant to have survived from from a long forgotten geological age to be there waiting for humankind, and the dawn of civilization.

Laurel Crown


Laurus Nobilis or Bay Laurel or True Laurel, as it is often referred to, was so revered by ancient civilizations for it's mystical and medical properties that the wearing of a crown of it's leaves was reserved for the noblest of the noble.


Today, a reverential renaissance is sweeping through modern laboratories as scientists rediscover the medicinal properties of this most noble of plants.


Modern medical researchers in study after study are proving the medicinal efficacy of Bay Laurel, and verifying the ancient wisdom of Natural Healthcare Practitioners in the process.


Traditionally used to treat the symptoms of:


  1. Acne

  2. Aging skin

  3. Angina pectoris

  4. Arthritis

  5. Asthma

  6. Bacterial infections

  7. Common cold

  8. Dry skin

  9. Ear aches

  10. Eczema

  11. Hypertension (high blood pressure)

  12. Influenza (flu)  

  13. Psoriasis

  14. Rosacea

  15. Rashes

  16. Rheumatism

  17. Tinea (fungal) infections

  18. Viral infections

  19. Wounds

  20. Wrinkles


Researchers have verified the efficacy of Laurus Nobilis as an antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral agent, and as an effective treatment for many/most of the aforementioned maladies. A listing of much of the research is available in the GreenMedInfo database

Moreover, recent studies into the medicinal benefits of compounds derived from laurel berries, laurel leaves and laurel bark are pointing the way to potential cures for for some of the deadliest forms of infectious diseases like SARS and MRSA;  neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's; vision disorders; cardiovascular disease; gastric ulcers; and malignant cancers including Leukemia and Melanoma (skin cancer).


  1. Bay leaf (L. nobilis oil) exhibits antiviral properties against SARS-CoV and HSV-1 replication. - GreenMedInfo Summary ​

  2. Compounds isolated from Bay leaf have anti-MRSA activity. - GreenMedInfo Summary

  3. Bay leaf exhibits antibacterial and antioxidant properties - GreenMedInfo Summary

  4. Antifungal activity of the leaf extracts of laurel (Laurus nobilis L.), orange (Citrus sinensis Osbeck) and olive (Olea europaea L.) obtained by means of supercritical carbon dioxide technique - Technical Unit for Sustainable Development and Innovation of Agro-Industrial System

  5. Bay leaf extract ameliorates oxygen and glucose deprivation-induced neuronal death. - GreenMedInfo Summary

  6. Bay leaf has antioxidant properties - GreenMedInfo Summary

  7. Bay leaf extract has gastroprotective and antioxidant properties. - GreenMedInfo Summary

  8. Volatile oils of bay leaf may improve vigilance performance in visual discrimination task. - GreenMedInfo Summary

  9. Bay leaf contains compounds which induce programmed cell death in leukemia cells. - GreenMedInfo Summary

  10. A constituent in bay leaf induces programmed cell death in human melanoma cell lines.  - GreenMedInfo Summary


Scientific research on the benefits of Laurus Nobilis is ongoing and new discoveries are being announced just as fast as the papers can be published. But much work still needs to be done as the research is moved forward into arena of clinical trials.

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