Cherry Laurel Water

Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Agua de Laurel Cerezo, Cerasus laurocerasus, Common Cherry Laurel, Eau de Laurier-Cerise, Laurier-Amande, Laurier-Cerise, Laurier de Trébizonde, Laurier Royal, Laurière, Laurine, Laurocerasus Leaves, Laurocerasus officinalis, Laurocerasus ottinii, Laurocerasus vulgaris, Prunus grandifolia, Prunus laurocerasus.


Cherry laurel water is produced by water distillation of cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) leaves. People use the water as medicine.

Cherry laurel water is used for treating cough, colds, trouble sleeping (insomnia), stomach and intestinal spasms, vomiting, muscle spasms, pain, and cancer. It is also used as a sedative to promote sleepiness.

Cherry laurel water is used in eye lotions.

Some people inhale cherry laurel water to improve breathing.

Don’t confuse cherry laurel water with wild cherry bark or sweet bay leaf (laurel).

How does it work?

There isn't enough information available to know how cherry laurel water works.


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Uses & Effectiveness

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  • Pain relief.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Cough.
  • Colds.
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia).
  • Stomach and intestinal spasms.
  • Vomiting.
  • Cancer.
  • Breathing problems, when inhaled.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of cherry laurel water for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

Side Effects

Cherry laurel water seems safe for use when used in small amounts (up to about 1.5 teaspoonfuls). It’s UNSAFE to use large amounts. Large amounts or overdoses can cause poisoning and death.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of cherry laurel water during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


The appropriate dose of cherry laurel water depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for cherry laurel water. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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