Latin Name: Pimenta racemosa
Plant Family: Myrtaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the tree & leaf
Bay essential oil is a dark yellow mobile liquid with fresh spicy to note and a sweet balsamic undertone.
Bay is a wild large evergreen that grows up to thirty feet high and is native to Southern Europe. It has long lance-shaped leaves which are feathery and glossy which bear small creamy yellow flowers and blackberries. The oil is often obtained from Morocco and Spain.
The Bay 'rum' tree provides a basic ingredient for the famous old hair tonic for greasy hair. Today it is used in soaps, perfumes, detergents aftershaves and hair lotions. It is widely used as a flavouring for food.
Bay is a base note it blends well with spice oils, lavender, lavandin, rosemary, geranium, ylang ylang and citrus oils.