Looking to escape to the Caribbean? Look no further than this gorgeous spicy oil to enhance your day
Pimenta acris, Myrtus acris
Country of origin
Cultivated Plant part
West Indian Bay is a light oil with a fresh-spicy camphoraceous aroma, with a sweet balsamic undertone.
Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, expectorant, general stimulant.
When to use
West Indian Bay is more commonly known for its use in men's bodycare products, especially shampoos, conditioners, hair oils and after-shave lotions and its use in Bay Rum.
In aromatherapy clinics, it is used for relieving muscular aches and pains and reducing the symptoms of colds and flu - if you're stuck in bed, what better way can you think of to transport yourself to a tropical climate?
How to use
Bath, massage, ointment, skincare, inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporiser.
Blends well with
Basil, Citrus Oils, Cedarwood Virginian, Clove Bud, Ginger, Juniper berry, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Ylang ylang
The story goes that the leaves and their scent were originally discovered by Sailors in the 16th Century after months at sea... this appears to be after Christopher Columbus, although he was the first to land in the area in 1492(15th Century) so it could be his expedition as he was looking for spices. They leaves on board and used it in their bathing water to smell better.
In the 1800's, John Maisch (a German-American botanist and pharmacist) identified the leaf in the herbarium at the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, collected in Saint Croix "by the late Dr. Griffith", which was identified as Myrcia acris, now transferred to the genus Pimenta (hence the 2 botanical names above).
Bay Rum hasn't been given an official personality profile, however I like to think of it as being the adventurers in the world, those who are bold and fearless and in the words of Star Trek "to boldly go where no man's gone before".
Energetics and subtle aromatherapy
Bay laurel is an intuitive oil and enhances one's self-awareness, positivity and performance.
Magical influences: Courage, Physical energy, Success
DO NOT use during pregnancy. May cause an allergic reaction to sensitive skin types.
Important Note: The information provided is for educational purposes only
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