Bay (Pimenta racemosa
Roman emperors wore sprigs of bay, known as Laurus nobilis (Roman Laurel), not only as a sign of wealth, but to ward off evil spirits. Greek priestesses chewed the leaves for their soporific effect, and after gastronomic banquets it was chewed as a breath freshener.
Popular as a culinary herb, bay is an attractive evergreen shrub whose shiny leathery leaves produce clusters of yellowish-green flowers in spring. The spicy-smelling oil is extracted from the leaves and is yellowish-brown in colour.
As a pulmonary antiseptic, it helps relieve bronchitis, colds and flu. Also used to aid digestion and sleep, to soothe rheumatic aches and pains, and as a general tonic.
Inhalation, baths, massages. Widely used in perfume and exotic bath essences for its uplifting effects
Avoid during pregnancy
As a guide Bay which is a Relaxing oil and is good for
- Body Odour
For the treatment of persistent problems please seek the advice of a qualified aromatherapist. Chronic conditions should be referred to a medical practitioner.
Rose, geranium, orange and lavender are pleasing and uplifting scents for a room.
A good way of receiving the therapeutic benefits of essential oils is through the use of aromatherapy candles (candle plus essential oils).
The best aromatherapy candles are based on pure essential oils, high quality soy candles and cotton wicks.