Laurus nobilis L
This is an evergreen tree which can grow up to 20 meters high with dark green, glossy leaves and black berries.
Bay has a strong, spicy bay leaf scent.
The complex chemical constituents of Bay Essential Oil, which include Cineole and Linalool, offer antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, anti-neuralgic, astringent, insecticidal and sedative properties. These properties have been sought in the treatment of rheumatism, muscular pain, circulation problems, colds, flu, dental infections and skin infections.
Bay Essential Oil was very popular with the Romans, who thought Bay was a symbol of wisdom, peace and protection. The Latin laudis means 'to praise', which is why the victors at the Olympic Games were presented with a laurel wreath made of Bay leaves.
Bay has a high eugenol content and may irritate the skin and mucus membranes, so use with caution. Avoid during pregnancy