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Home Page > Essential Oil Profiles > Bay Essential Oil

Bay Essential Oil

Bay Essential Oil is what gives "Bay Rum" its distinctive aroma. (See AromaWeb's Bay Rum Diffuser Blend and Room Mist Recipe).

Bay Essential Oil (Pimental racemosa) is sometimes confused with Bay Laurel Essential Oil (Laurus nobilis). Though they share some broad aromatic similarities, both are very different oils.

Masculine and spicy, Bay Oil is a warming oil that is a favorite during Fall and Winter. It stimulates circulation, and when used safely in low dilution, may be helpful in massage blends and to encourage healing of sprains and strains.

For more information about Bay Oil, read the details shown below including the safety information.

Bay  Oil
Bay Oil

Botanical Name: Pimenta racemosa

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used: Leaves

Color: Deep Golden Yellow

Consistency: Thin - Medium

Perfumery Note: Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium - Strong

Aromatic Description: Medicinal, fruity, spicy, herbaceous aroma.

Bay Oil Uses: Dandruff, hair care, neuralgia, oily skin, poor circulation, sprains, strains. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]

Major Constituents:
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[D. McHale, W.A. Laurie, M.A. Woof, Composition of West Indian Bay Oils. (Food Chem. 2, 1977), 19-25. A.O. Tucker, M.J. Maciarello, R.P. Adams, et al. Volatile Leaf Oils of Caribbean Myrtaceae. Three Vareities of Pimenta Racemosa (Miller) J. Moore of the Dominican Republic and the Commercial Bay Oil. (J. Essential Oil Res 3, 1991), 323-329. J. Abaul, P. Bourgeois, Chemical Composition of the Essential oils of Chemotypes of Pimenta racemosa var. racemosa (P. Miller) J.W. Moore (Bois d'Inde) of Guadaloupe (F.W.I.) (Flavour & Fragrance Journal 10, 1995), 319-321. L. Jirovetz, G. Buchbauer, I. Stoilova, et al. Spice Plants: Chemical Composition and Antioxidant Properties of Pimenta Lindl. Essential Oils. Part 2: Pimenta racemosa (Mill.) J.W. Moore Leaf Oil from Jamaica. (Vienna: Ernaehrung, 31, 7/8, 2007), 293-300. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 209.]

Safety Information: Tisserand and Young indicate that Bay Oil may inhibit blood clotting. They recommend a dermal maximum of 0.9% as there is a slight risk of sensitization when using Bay Oil. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 209.]

Important Notes: The essential oil information provided within the Essential Oil Properties & Profiles area is intended for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. The oil photos are intended to represent the typical and approximate color of each essential oil. However, oil color can vary based on harvesting, distillation and other factors. Profiles for several absolutes are included within the directory, and are denoted as such.

General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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