California Bay Laurel has long been valued for its many edible, medicinal, insecticidal, and ceremonial uses throughout its range by native cultures including the Cahuilla, Chumash, Pomo, Kashaya Pomo, Miwok, Yujki, Coos, Concow, Maidu, Costanoan, Yukok, Tongva, Tolowa, Ohlone, Karuk, Karok, Mendocino Indians, and Salinan people. – from Tree Girl
California Bay Laurel (Umbellularia californica) is NOT the same as Bay Laurel (laurus nobilis)
This is the only essential oil beginning with the letter “U” I could find. From what I’ve read at various sites about it, you had better be well-educated about it before trying to use it. Please take a look at the link in the quote above to learn more about Umbellularia californica.
Today’s offering is shorter in words, but the following video is excellent in identifying the tree and learning about it.