Bay Essential Oil (Pimenta racemosa subsp. racemosa)


Bay may also be referred to as West Indian Bay Essential Oil. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the leaves.


Bay oil comes from the Pimenta racemosa tree. It has a spicy scent.

Bay Essential Oil is also known as West Indian Bay Essential Oil. It is not the same as Bay Laurel Essential Oil.

Bay Essential Oil is what gives "Bay Rum" its distinctive aroma.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Fruity Herbaceous Medicinal Spicy

  • Common Name(s): West Indian Bay Essential Oil
  • Major Compounds: Eugenol, Myrcene, Chavicol, Linalool, Limonene
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Thin - Medium
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium - Strong
  • Color: Deep Golden Yellow
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Leaves
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:

Dandruff Hair : Damaged Neuralgia Poor Blood Circulation Skin : Oily

Other Uses for Bay:

Hair Care

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Bay:

Don't use bay oil if you have alcoholism.

Tisserand and Young indicate that Bay Oil may inhibit blood clotting. They recommend a dermal maximum of 0.9% as there is a slight risk of sensitization when using Bay Oil. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 209.]

Safety Precautions for Bay:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.