Last update April 17, 2016

Laurus nobilis

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Bush leaves are used.
The essential oil contains eugenol and cineol
Properties attributed are: digestive, expectorant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
On topical use, cases of allergic reactions have been reported.

Risk of confusion with laurel-cherry which is very toxic.

At latest update no published data were found on excretion into breast milk.
Plant widely used as a culinary spice and herbal teas. Given their lack of toxicity at correct doses, a moderate consumption during lactation would have little or no risk.
When topically used, do not apply on the chest to prevent infant ingestion; If necessary, apply after a meal and clean thoroughly with water before the next one.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Other names

Laurus nobilis is Laurel in Latin, botanical name.

Laurus nobilis is also known as


  1. Uzuncakmak TK, Karadag AS, Izol B, Akdeniz N, Cobanoglu B, Taskin S. Erythema multiforme like allergic contact dermatitis associated with laurel oil: a rare presentation. Dermatol Online J. 2015 Abstract
  2. Adişen E, Onder M. Allergic contact dermatitis from Laurus nobilis oil induced by massage. Contact Dermatitis. 2007 Abstract

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