Bay (West Indies) Oil
Bay (West Indies) oil is used in many men’s products, such as after shaves and lotions.
Botanical Name - Pimenta racemosa
Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distillation
Parts Used – Leaves
Note Classification - Top to middle
Aroma - Sweet, spicy, balsamic, medicinal
Largest Producing Countries - Virgin Islands, Jamaica, West Indies, South and Central America.
Traditional Use - The so-called bay rum tree provides the basic ingredient for the famous old hair tonic, which is made from the leaves by being distilled in rum. This is a hair application with both fragrant and tonic virtues useful for those who suffer from greasy hair and need a spirit-based, scalp-stimulating lotion to help them to control their locks.
Properties - Analgesic, anticonvulsant, antineuralgic, antiseptic, astringent, expectorant, hair tonic, stimulant.
Benefits - Colds, flu, general fatigue, hair rinse for dandruff, muscular pain, neuralgia, poor circulation, promotes hair growth, rheumatism, skin infections, sprains, strains. Bay can be added to hair care recipes to help with rejuvenation.
Blends Well With - Bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, coriander, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, nutmeg, orange, petitgrain, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang.
Safety Data –
is moderately toxic due to high eugenol content and is a mucous membrane irritant. Avoid this oil if you are currently suffering from liver or kidney conditions. Unlike bay laurel, however, it does not appear to cause dermal irritation or sensitization.
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