The Bay Essential Oil is typically used to help treat rheumatism, circulation problems, muscle pains, colds, flu, and infections in the teeth and skin. Due to its ability to help with aches and pains, many have found success using it to treat sprains, bruises, and strains; especially in the areas of massage therapy or used in a general massage oil. This oil is also known for being used as a general tonic for the liver and kidneys. It can also be used on the scalp to promote general health of that area, as well as promoting hair growth. Some people also utilize it to treat diarrhea. It is useful to note that this oil can be used in small amounts to have a stimulating effect on the body. When used in larger amounts or doses it is going to have more of a sedating effect.
The West Indies, Venezuela, and the Guianas are the countries that are native for the Bay evergreen tree. Like many of the oils, this oil was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. They believed that this herb was a symbol for wisdom, peace, and protection. One fun and interesting fact about this plant is that it was used to make the laurel bay wreath that was given to the victors during the ancient Olympic Games.
The extraction method is generally done with the steam distillation method. This process includes salt being added to the water or using sea water in place of regular water. The leaves that are used to get the oil from are usually from trees that are no less than five years old, but they are typically older than that. The flavor is very spicy and masculine and is used in many different lotions and soaps for its scent. It is also the ingredient that is responsible for giving bay rum its distinctive smell.
This oil can cause irritation with skin and mucus membranes because of the high eugenol content. Also, because of the way it can irritate or cause sensitivity, you should be very careful to avoid this oil when you are pregnant. It is considered to be mildly toxic because of this aspect to it, so use with caution at all times. Use general safety precautions with this oil that you would on all oils with regards to children and always ask a health professional if there are any concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can this oil be used in vapor therapy? Yes, this oil is popular in this area of therapy. People use it for treating an infection, fever, or of course, the general aches and pains that are commonly associated with that. It is also believed that the vapors of this oil are great for triggering inspiration, as well as calming the mind.
What does this oil blend with the best? In a bath for relieving aches and pains it is best blended with rose and juniper.? Other oils that are generally considered good for blending with this oil are Cedarwood, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rosemary, Thyme, and Ylang-Ylang.