Bay oil is extracted from the leaves of the Laurus nobilis tree native to the West Indies, Venezuela and the Guianas by steam distillation, of the Lauraceae family and has a high eugenol content. Bay leaves were distilled with rum centuries ago and hence “bay-rum” was obtained, it was a famous hair tonic and body rub for colds and muscle pains. Bay rum is still popularly used today.
Bay oil is known for its sweet, spicy aroma an oil that contains antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, anti-neuralgic, antispasmodic, aperitif, astringent, emmenagogue, febrifuge, insecticide, cholagogue, sedative, stomachic, sudorific and tonic therapeutic properties.
- Bay oil has analgesic and astringent properties, each of which provides relief from the pain of Neuralgia. It reduces the feeling of pain in the affected areas. Then, as an astringent, it induces contraction in the blood vessels, thus relieving the pressure on the cranial nerve, giving immediate relief from pain.
- Bay oil is effective in turning on obstructed menses and making them more regular. It also eases the pain and other troubles associated with menstrual periods like bloating and fatigue.
- Bay oil keeps the stomach functioning normally and maintains it in very good health, keeping it safe from infections, ulcers, and acidity.
- Bay oil is an excellent choice to use as a hair tonic. It helps to stimulate the scalp, treat, and prevent dandruff. It also helps to restore body and tone to oily, damaged, lifeless hair.
- Bay oil is gentle on the digestive system it alleviates excess gas and acts as a tonic on the liver and kidneys.
- Massaging your temples with bay oil helps to relieve migraines and headaches.
- Bay oil has antifungal and anti-bacterial properties, which cures skin infections. It is applied topically to heal cuts, bruises, and even insect bites.
Pregnant or breast-feeding women should avoid use. Please consult with a doctor before starting any oil therapy.