bay rum tree

    Bay rum tree is a tree and an herb.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Pimenta racemosa

    Common name: bay rum tree

    Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.

magickal correspondences and uses:

    Magickal substitutions: Rosemary usually may be safely substituted for any herb in magick spells and rituals. Roses may safely be substituted for any flower.

essential oil:

    Essential Oil: Bay rum (or bay) essential oil can be used for both aromatherapy and magick.
    Method of Extraction: steam distilled (true essential oil)
    Color: deep golden yellow
    Consistency: thin to medium
    Perfumery Note: middle
    Strength of Initial Aroma: medium to strong
    Aromatic Description: fruity, herbaceous aroma, medicinal, spicy
    Constituents: eugenol, myrcene, chavicol, methyl eugenol, linalool, limonene
    Aromatherapy Uses: dandruff, hair care, neuralgia, oily skin, poor circulation, sprains, strains
    Safety Information: avoid with alcoholism, avoid if taking anticoagulants, avoid in haemophilia, avoid with kidney problems, avoid with liver problems, avoid in prostatic cancer. Moderately toxic. Mucous membrane irritant.

    Using essential oils: Essential oils are just too concentrated and too expensve to use without dilution. If you purchase pure essential oil from a source such as Mountain Rose, you will want to place just a drop or two into a neutral carrier vegetable oil or jojoba. This conservation is typical of the use of essential oils in spells and other magick. It is wise to test a bit of any essential oil on your inner wrist before use. If any irritation occurs, do not use the essential oil. Keep essential oils out of reach of children and pets and away from heat and light. See the article on essential oils for detailed information on how to mix and use essential oils.

health care uses:

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Some herbs may be poisonious under some conditions. Exercise appropriate care.

    Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Some plants can be toxic just by touch. Even experts can make deadly misidentifications of wild plants. Please grow your own herbs in your own goddess garden (or window boxes).

See also: trees

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