Plant part: Leaves
Blends well with: black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, coriander, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, nutmeg, orange, petitgrain, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang
Aroma: Spicy, sweet, medicinal, herbaceous
Although you might be able to pick out some essential oils in high end perfumes (rose, geranium, and jasmine to name a few), you’re probably less familiar with the scents that go into mens cologne. That is, until you smell Bay essential oil. Its spicy sweet aroma is almost immediately recognizable as one of the most alluring components of many types of cologne, and has made its use common across the entire fragrance industry. Its effect as an analgesic is beneficial in aromatherapy due to its ability to relax the muscles in the back, and promote opening of the lungs and air passageways.
The Bay tree is the prominent smell in the fragrance “bay rum,” for instance, which is why it is sometimes called the ”bay rum tree.” The tree itself has aromatic, leathery leaves and clusters of white or pink flowers which turn into black berries. Botanically known as Pimenta racemosa, Bay trees are also called “West Indian Bay,” so as not to be confused with Laurel (Laurus nobilis). Though the two plants share similar qualities, they have their differences and come from different plants altogether.
Bay trees grow to a height of roughly 30 to 50 feet. The full maturity of the tree is reached at 5 years old. Until that time, the tree remains unharvested. Upon reaching maturity, Bay essential oil is extracted from the leaves through steam distillation. The product is a thin and clear essential oil with a spicy medicinal aroma.
Bay Essential Oil Uses
Circulatory System: eases arthritis and rheumatism, increases circulation.
Digestive System: Relieves indigestion and gas.
Immune System: Fights colds, influenza, and tonsillitis.
Muscular System: eases aches and pains.
Respiratory System: Soothes bronchitis and congestion, fights chest infection.
Skin/Hair: Relieves dandruff and greasy hair, increases hair growth
Therapeutic Properties: analgesic, anti-convulsant, anti-neuralgic, anti-rheumatic, anti-septic, anti-viral, aperitive, astringent, carminative, digestive, stimulant, expectorant, sudorific
Recipes With Bay Essential Oil
Colds and Influenza:
- 2 drops Bay oil
- 2 drops Tea Tree oil
- 2 drops Lemon oil
- Add to your aroma diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
- 1 drop Bay oil
- 1 drop Spearmint oil
- 1 drop Lime oil
- 2 drops Lavender oil
- 1/2 cup epsom salts
- Add to running bath water for a relaxing soak.
- 10 drops Bay oil
- 2 drops Cinnamon Leaf oil
- 4 drops Peppermint oil
- 4 drops rosemary oil
- 4 drops Lemon oil
- 4 tablespoons jojoba oil
- Add to 2oz squeeze bottle. Shake to mix well. Apply to effected area and rub in.
- 5 drops Bay oil
- 5 drops Ginger oil
- 5 drops Sweet Orange oil
- Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed.