West Indian Bay

West Indian Bay Essential Oil

bayLatin name Pimenta racemosa – Family species Myrtaceae

West Indian Bay is also referred to as Myrcia Acris, Pimenta Acris, Myrcia, Bay, Bay Rum Tree, Wild Cinnamon, Bayberry, Bay Leaf, but is NOT the same as Laurel Leaf Oil (Laurus nobilis) nor North American bayberry or wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera). The leaves of the bay tree used to be commonly distilled with rum and water to produce “bay rum”, a formulation used primarily on the hair.

Oil Selection Guide

Color – Deep, dark yellow
Viscosity – Medium to watery
Scent – Spicy, fresh top note, sweet, balsamy undertone
Perfume aroma: Base / middle / top note

Oil Source Information

Plant Type – Tree
Part Used – Leaves
Countries of Origin – West Indies (as the name infers), St. Thomas (Virgin Islands), Jamaica, South and Central America
Extraction Method – Steam distillation (salt or sea water sometimes used in process)

Known Chemical Constituents

Eugenol, chavicol, myrcene, cineol, methyl eugenol, linalol, limonene

Uses of Bay Oil

Used in aromatherapy, and found in perfumery and product fragrances (soaps, lotions, detergents). Also in foods such as condiments and drinks.

Bay oil blends well with


Special Precautions / Contraindications*

High eugenol content is a concern.
Take extreme care to avoid using near mucous membranes.
* See Safety and Usage.

References and Resources

See References and Resources page.

Other Links of Interest

Studies Involving Bay Oil

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