All About Bay
Bay leaf, or laurel, has been used since ancient times as an analgesic, for stomach complaints, and to treat certain skin infections. Its strong aroma can help as an insect repellent and to improve mental concentration.
While Laurus nobilis lacks human studies, there were over 50 scientific in vitro and in vivo studies found on multiple subjects. Antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal studies demonstrated action in vitro. The plant also showed insect repelling action in multiple studies. Further, the plant may offer analgesic, antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-parasitic, anti-diabetic, neuroprotective, gastroprotective, cardioprotective, anticonvulsive, and wound healing potential. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Bay Herb and Essential Oil
Latin Name: Laurus nobilis
- Sweet bay, true bay, Noble laurel, Daphne, Grecian, Mediterranean bay, Roman laurel
- Not to be confused with West Indian Bay (Pimenta racemosa) of the Myrtaceae family, high in eugenol, beta myrcene, and chavicol (Tisserand & Young, 2014).
Bay is a hardy evergreen shrub with hard green leaves. It belongs to the family Lauraceae, along with cinnamon and camphor.
Dried leaves are used extensively as a spice through out the world.
Essential Oil Description
Oil is steam distilled from the fresh leaves and branchlets to create a thin, pale yellow to greenish colored oil that smells spicey, camphoric, fresh, and slightly sweet.
- 1,8-cineole / Cineole / Eucalyptol / Cajeputol
- Linalool / Beta Linalool / Linalyl Alcohol / Linalyl Oxide
- Pinene / Alpha Pinene / Delta Pinene / Beta Pinene
- Terpenyl Acetate / Alpha Terpinyl Acetate
- Herb contains glycosides and anthocyanin