Bay is extracted from the leaves and has a fresh-spicy top note and a sweet-balsamic undertone. Bay can be used to promote healthy hair and help everyday aches and pains.
Myrcia acris, myrcia, bay, bay rum tree, wild cinnamon, bayberry, bay leaf (oil)
Steam distillation from the leaves
West Indies, particularly Dominica
Wild growing tropical evergreen tree up to 8 meters high, with large leathery leaves and aromatic fruits
dark yellow mobile liquid with a fresh-spicy top note and sweet balsamic undertones.
The West Indian Bay tree is usually grown together with the allspice or pimento bush in groves. These are then dried and crushed together to form a powder for the preparation of the household allspice. The Bay Rum tree provides the basic ingredient for hair tonic.
Blends well with
Lavender, Lavandin, Rosemary, Geranium, Ylang ylang, Citrus and spice oils
Cautions and comments
Moderately toxic due to high eugenol content – also a mucous membrane irritant – use in moderation only. Does NOT cause dermal irritation or sensitization like Bay laurel
Main chemical constituents
Eugenol (up to 56%), myrcene, chavicol
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.