Bay Rum Essential Oil

Pimenta racemosa

Also known as Bay Essential Oil

Known Uses

The antiseptic property of Bay Essential Oil can protect wounds from infections such as Septic or Tetanus and inhibits the growth of microbes, bacteria and fungi. Bay Essential Oil can also reduce pain, and is particularly effective in pain resulting from coughs and colds, viral infections, influenza, and sprains. It further acts as a sedative to relieve nervous afflictions like epilepsy, hysteria, convulsions, anxiety, stress, depression, anger etc. and relieves the spasms that cause cramps, coughs, aches, diarrhea, and convulsions. Bay Essential Oil promotes perspiration, facilitating in the removal of toxins, excess salt, water, and fat from the body. Perspiration also brings down body temperature in the case of fever.

As an astringent, Bay Essential Oil can induce contractions in muscles and tissues. It strengthens the grip of gums on teeth, pulls up the sagging skin and muscles, strengthens the hold of the scalp on hair roots, and induces contractions in the blood vessels, thus helping to stop hemorrhaging. Bay Essential Oil is also effective in regulating menstruation and eases pain and other complaints associated with it.

Bay Oil promotes the discharge of bile into the stomach, helping to maintain the acid balance. It helps regulate hormones, enzymes, and the nervous system, increasing alertness. Bay Oil can also be used in sprays, vaporizers, and in various other ways to keep insects away.

We know now that Bay Rum Oil is great for your hair, skin, and beard. Bay Rum Oil has been used for a long time to aid in hair growth. The ingredients in Bay Rum Oil stimulate the skin and scalp, producing more hair and resulting in a thicker, fuller beard. Bay Rum Oil helps to ‘de-stress’ your skin and is frequently found in after-shave lotions. It prevents the occurrence of wrinkles and is used to relieve cuts and bruises. Bay Rum Oil also has antifungal and anti-bacterial properties, which can cure skin infections. Bay Rum Essential Oil can also be an efficient anti-depressant as the scent is so pleasant, even a small amount has been found to give a sense of wellbeing.


The Bay tree is native to the Caribbean Islands from where it is believed to have spread to other parts of the world. Bay Oil held an important place in Ancient Rome and Greece in their religion, culture, and in their medicines. Sailors started rubbing the leaves of the bay trees of the West Indies on their skin to combat the body odor that sailors suffered from being on a ship for months at a time. They discovered that dipping the Bay leaves in rum brought out the oils of the Bay leaves much more efficiently. It was given the name Bay Rum Oil and became the deodorant and cologne for early sailors. Alcohol is still used to extract the bay leave’s oils but is then distilled down into an essential oil. Today, Bay Essential Oil it is harvested mostly in Morocco and Spain.


Due to the presence of high concentrations of eugenol, this oil can cause irritations on the skin and mucus membranes. Dilute Bay Oil with a carrier oil to test for any allergic reaction. It should be avoided during pregnancy.