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Bay (Laurus nobilis)
Also called "laurel," bay
leaves were once placed on the heads of headache sufferers and Greek scholars.
Today, we still confer a baccalaureate degree, which means "noble berry
tree" in French. Crush a leaf and the smell is so intense
it can produce a headache as easily as cure one. Apparently bay has even
more interesting properties: the ancient Greek priestesses at Delphi
sat over the burning fumes to increase their prophetic visions.
Extraction: Distilled from leaf (occasionally berry).
Smells pungent and spicy.
Medicinal Action: Bay is
a stimulant to lymph, sinuses, lungs, and circulation. It makes a very
Emotional Attribute: Smelling
bay is stimulating and is said to improve memory.
Bay Rum Tree (Pimenta racemosa) --Also called
"oil of pimento," this is the source of most commercial bay oil and the
scent in Bay Rum cologne, which was originally from the Virgin Islands
and made with rum. Cooler and sweeter than true bay, it scents bay soaps,
cosmetics and colognes.
Allspice (P. dioica) --Familiar to cooks, this
culinary seed tastes like a combination of cloves, cinnamon and pepper.
It is the source of pimento water, an indigestion remedy in the West Indies
and South America, where this evergreen grows. The name comes from the
Spanish pimiento because the seed (actually a berry) looks like black pepper.
It is sold as "Bay" oil.
Bay - Pimenta racemosa/Jamaica,
Puerto Rico, Dominica/Leaf. Bay oil is distilled from the leaves and small
twigs of the bay rum tree. It has a powerful, spicy, sweet aroma with a
distinctive clove note. It is used to produce bay rum fragrance and as
a component of fresh, spicy cents. Bay oil darkens easily when exposed
or stored in metal containers. Aromatherapy benefits: relaxing, calming,