Description: A wild-growing tropical evergreen tree up to 8 metres high, with large leathery leaves and aromatic fruits
Essential oil by water or steam distillation from the leaves. An oleoresin is also produced in small quantities.
A dark yellow mobile liquid with a fresh-spicy top note and a sweet-balsamic undertone. It blends well with lavander, lavandin, rosemary, geranium, ylang-ylang, citrus and spice oils.
Actions: Analgesic, anticonvulsant, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, astringent, expectorant, stimulant, tonic (for hair)
Uses: The West Indian bay tree is often grown in groves together with the allspice or pimento bush, then the fruits of both are dried and powdered for the preparation of the household allspice. The so-called bay rum tree also provides the basic ingredient for the famous old hair tonic, which is made from the leaves by being distilled in rum. 'A hair application with both fragrant and tonic virtues ... useful for those who suffer from greasy hair and need a spirit-based, scalp-stimulating lotion to help them to control their locks!
Precautions: Moderately toxic due to high eugenol content; also a mucous membrane irritant - use in moderation only. Unlike bay laurel, however, it does not appear to cause dermal irritation or sensitization
Available as a custom formulated fragrance