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The bay tree is native to the Caribbean islands from where it is believed to have spread to other parts of the world. Bay held an important place in Ancient Rome and Greece as well, in their religion, culture, and in their medicines.
This is extracted by steam distillation of fresh leaves of the bay tree, whose scientific name is Laurus Nobilis.
However, science we are here to discuss the medicinal importance of this essential oil, we shall now see what treasures it holds for our health.
This is an evergreen tree which can grow up to 20 meters high with dark green, glossy leaves and black barriers. Bay was very popular with the Romans, who thought it was a symbol of wisdom, peace and protection. The latinLaudis means ‘to praise’, which is why the victors at the Olympic games were presented with a laurel wreath made of bay leaves.
Bay is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in regions with Mediterranean oceanic climates, and as a house plant of greenhouse plant in colder regions. It is used in topiary to create single erect steam with ball-shaped, box-shaped or twisted crowns; also, for low hedges. Together with a gold from, L. nobilis ‘Aurea’.
|Botanical Name:||Laurus nobilis L.|
|Common name:||Bay leaf, bay laurel, sweet bay|
|Appearance/Color:||pale yellow green to orange brown liquid with a thin consistency.|
|Odor:||Bay has a spicy bay leaf scent with a strong top note.|
|Blends With:||Blend with Bergamot, Virginian, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Ginger, Orange, Patchouli, Rosemary, Ylang-Ylange.|
|Method of Extraction||Steam Distillation|
|Key Constituents||Strength (%)|