Bay Essential Oil
The scent of Bay oil is sweet, fresh and spicy. The oil is deep yellow in color and is of medium to watery viscosity.
This sturdy evergreen tree is a native of West Indies, Venezuela and the Guianas. Nowadays the oil is obtained mostly from Morocco and Spain.
The leaves collected from a tree at least 5 years old, are subjected to steam distillation (salt is often added or seawater used in the still).
Eugenol, Chavicol, Myrcene, Cineol, and Methyl Eugenol.
The therapeutic properties of Bay oil include the following: antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, anti-neuralgic, aperitif, astringent, emmenagogue, febrifuge, insecticide, sedative and a tonic.
Bay oil can be used in the treatment of:
- muscular pain
- circulation problems
- dental infection
- skin infections
- Bay oil has a high eugenol content and may irritate the skin and mucus membranes, so use with caution.
- Pregnant women should avoid it.