Botanical Name: Pimenta racemosa
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
The bay tree grows to a height of 30 feet and bears aromatic, long-pointed leaves, small white/yellow flowers and black berries. Bay is also known as bay rum tree or West Indian bay, which distinguishes it from bay laurel, which tends to be used less often for aromatherapy.
Bay has a strong, fresh, spicy, medicinal, herbaceous aroma.
Bay has been used since ancient times. The Romans believed it symbolized wisdom, peace and protection and in ancient Greece athletes were crowned with Bay leaf wreaths.
Safety Note: Avoid Bay Leaf essential oil during pregnancy. Do not use on very sensitive skin or directly on mucous membranes. Use in moderation
Skin: Bay Leaf is one of the best essential oils to use as a hair tonic. It helps to stimulate the scalp and treat and prevent dandruff. It also helps to restore body and tone to oily, damaged, lifeless hair.
Mind: Bay Leaf essential oil is both uplifting and grounding and can help clear mental confusion and fatigue and provide clarity of thought.
Body: Bay leaf essential oil can be helpful for general aches and pains and it is sometimes used in steam inhalations as it has an antiseptic effect on the respiratory system.
Blends well with: Orange, Lavender and Lime (To make Bay Rum fragrance add Cinnamon, Clove and Star Anise)
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As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.)