West Indian Bay Leaf (Pimenta Racemosa)

Bay

Pimenta Racemosa

(Not to be confused with Bay Laurus nobilis)

Origins

A small medium-sized tree, bay grows wild in the West Indies and Venezuela, where it is also cultivated. It is a sturdy evergreen shrub and tree family of the Myrtle family.

Most common uses

Good general tonic
Good for the hair
Helps to reduce fever
Help relieve muscle cramps and aches
Beneficial in improving appetite
Strong pulmonary antiseptic
Good for colds, influenza and bronchitis
Used to season stews, vegetables, pickles
Used in perfumery, also to aromatise Bay rum and other toiletries
Uplifts people who tend to be depressive or to lack stamina

Essential Oil

Steam distillation of the leaves produces an oil that varies in color from yellow to dark brown. It’s warm, pungent, spicy, medicinal, herbaceous aroma, fruity smell.

Caution

Bay oil has a high eugenol content and may irritate the skin and mucus membranes, AVOID DURING PREGNANCY.

 

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