Laurel oil represents the reflection of Serbian traditional model of “cross connection” where the Pannonian sun absorbed by the sunflower gets mixed with the Mediterranean laurel giving strength. The symbiosis of this two man caregivers is reflected in beneficial effects of the two climates. Sunflower is a real good news messenger in the world of plants because it turns toward the first sun ray without mistake, duteously greeting the source of life. Laurel is a product of the Mediterranean which, by its energy, recovers whatever has been damaged in the organism, sending the message of warmth and tranquility. Its double protective role comes to expression in external use on injured places but it is also used orally for internal use taken in smaller quantities. By using laurel oil man protects his external layer while bringing into accord the organs in the abdomen, taking them back to the point of positive and harmonious action.
Cold-pressed and non-refined sunflower oil is obtained by mechanical squeezing of peeled, raw seeds. It is rich in carotenoids, vitamin A, E and D, and fatty acids omega 6 and 9 as well. As the vitamins are concerned, the vitamin E is somehow mostly emphasized but there are also the B complex vitamins, beta carotene, D6. As for the minerals, it contains: magnesium, copper, zinc, selenium, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, iron.
There are a little more than 20% of proteins and those are mainly essential amino-acids required by our organism which cannot produce them itself. Half or the fats are poly-unsaturated fatty acids, mostly linoleic (predecessor of omega 6 fatty acids which cause lowering of cholesterol level in the blood). These poly-unsaturated fatty acids cannot be synthesized by the organism and that is why they are essential to us.
There is also olein, omega 7 mono-unsaturated acid which is one of the main components of sunflower oil. Phytosterols are also present and they have influence on lowering the cholesterol level in blood.
Nutritive fibers are also an important element. The famous anti-oxidants from the sunflower are vitamin E and selenium.
Laurel is a symbol of wisdom, glory, victory and peace, and the plant itself has a long tradition of usage. The name originates from the Latin word laudare which means to praise. The name can be traced back through many civilizations and cultures from Egypt, Greece, and Rome to Christianity. Laurel has been also associated with Apollo, the God of sun and beauty where it represented his power of healing. In the Bible laurel often represents abundance and glory, while essentially in Christianity it symbolizes Christ’s resurrection which is a synonym for triumph of life over death. Since ancient times, laurel has been known for its anti-septic and anti-inflammatory effects. It contains numerous minerals (copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, selenium, zinc, magnesium and iron) and B complex vitamins (riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and pyridoxine). Thanks to them, the laurel leaves regulate digestion and accelerate metabolism, regulate hormonal status and enable proper functioning of the muscular and nervous systems. Health benefits of the laurel are the facts that it makes immune system stronger, calms the nerves down, reduces pains and upgrades total mental activity (it is recommended to take one spoonful in the morning and/or evening). Besides, it can be also used for treatment of varicose and arthritis. It is recommended to apply it to the joints (5-10 drops) when immunity drop causes weakness of muscles, joints and tendons. With sinus problems it can be used too, by applying externally rubbing it in 2-3 times a day. Extraordinary favorable effect has been demonstrated in improving general immunity, as well as in sore throat, gout, toothache, bronchitis. It reduces even the most persistent cough and induces discharge of phlegm (pour 15-20 drops into lukewarm water, heat up and then inhale).