Bay Leaf Essential Oil (Pimenta racemosa)
This warming oil is often used in massage blends to stimulate the circulation. As an inhalation it is a good antiseptic for the respiratory system. Use in abdominal massage to stimulate the digestive system, settle stomach pain and expel wind. On a psychological and emotional level, bay promotes confidence, courage and insight.
Topically, it is often used to combat hair loss and to improve the health of the scalp in general. Mix a little with your shampoo or hot oil treatment (with jojoba oil).
In vapor therapy, bay oil can be used for an infection, for fever and general aches and pains. It can also trigger inspiration and has a calming effect on the mind.
As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, bay oil can assist with calming emotions and relieving aches and pains, especially when combined with rose and juniper, but care must be taken as it can irritate the mucus membranes.
Bay oil blends well with other oils including cedarwood, coriander, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, juniper, lavender, lemon, orange, rose, rosemary, thyme and ylang-ylang.