Bay Essential Oil: Everything You Need to Know

Let’s face it: everybody farts. Do you ever feel like you have more issues with abdominal gas than other people? Or maybe your spouse does — I know that rings true for me. Look no further than Bay Essential Oil for your natural remedy to abdominal gas!

Bay Essential Oil, also known as Laurel Leaf Essential Oil, is not only one of the best natural pain relievers, but is also great at keeping gas at “bay”!

Bay Essential Oil Uses, Benefits, & Recipes

Bay Essential Oil Uses & What You Need to Know

Boosts Immunity

According to a study1, Bay Essential Oil has immunostimulant activity that help the body fight infections and diseases. Another study2 showed Bay’s powerful antioxidant properties. By keeping free radicals at bay, it can keep our immune systems working strong.

Stimulates Appetite

We’ve all been there. You’re not feeling well and you have no appetite. Bay Essential Oil can help stimulate your appetite and improve your digestion, so you can at least get some fuel in your system. 

Supports Respiration

The same study1 showed that Bay also possesses antiviral properties that helps fight respiratory infections. Moreover, its medicinal, refreshing, camphoraceous scent is great for deep breathing.

Soothes Scalp

Bay essential oil also promotes hair health thanks to its antimicrobial and antifungal properties!3 These properties work together to limit dandruff and soothe other scalp issues. As they say, healthy scalp, healthy hair!

Aids Digestion 

Bay Essential Oil also has anti-diarrheal properties, making it useful for slowing and/or stopping symptoms of diarrhea. Also, traditionally, Bay was used for treating other gastrointestinal issues like impaired digestion, flatulence, eructation, and epigastric bloating.2

Promotes Circulation

Bay Essential Oil has the ability to promote circulation. When applied topically, it can help to increase blood flow and soothe stiffness. Paired with its analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities, consider using it if you’re feeling a little stiff or sore.

What Bay Essential Oil Blends Well With

Bay Essential Oil has a fresh, sweet, spicy, herbal aroma with clove and camphor-like notes. Try blending it with Nutmeg, Clove, Basil, Fennel, and Cardamom Essential Oils.

Science Behind Bay Essential Oil

Bay Essential Oil is largely composed of 1,8-cineole, linalool, and a-terpinyl acetate.


1,8-cineole is known for airborne antimicrobial, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antiviral, cognition enhancement, dopaminergic, gastroprotective, hypotensive, increases cerebral blood flow, inhibits acetylcholinesterase, mucolytic, and skin penetration enhancer.


Linalool has been shown as airborne antimicrobial, analgesic, anti-anxiety, antibacterial, anticonvulsant, antifungal (candida), anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antitumoral, antiviral, cognition enhancement, hypotensive, immunostimulant, and sedative.

a-terpinyl acetate

a-terpinyl acetate is known as an airborne antimicrobial, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, antioxidant, antitumoral, antiviral, cicatrisant, gastroprotective, hypotensive, kills head lice, neuroprotective, and sedative.

What Earthies Are Saying About This Oil

What I Love About Bay Essential Oil

I love this on nights when a dutch oven seems inevitable… This oil comes to the rescue!

Things to Remember When Using This Oil

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

This oil is generally not safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use. 

This essential oil is safe to use with kids 10+.

Cats may find this oil irritating. However, we do not expect your cat to be disturbed if you use this oil on yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

Dogs may find this oil irritating. However, we do not expect your dog to be disturbed if you use this oil on yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA

An Oil Revered Since the Ancient Times!

Bay Essential Oil was used in the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman times. Currently, more studies have shown and proven this essential oil’s effectiveness. Indeed, Bay Essential Oil can be used in a variety of ways! Which one is your favorite? We’d love to hear about it on social media with @fromsimplyearth and in the comments below!

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  1. Bilen S., Bulut M. Effects of laurel (Laurus nobilis) on the non-specific immune responses of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss, Walbaum) 2010
  2. Elmastaş M., Gülçin I., Işildak Ö., Küfrevioğlu Ö., İbaoğlu K., Aboul-Enein H. Radical scavenging activity and antioxidant capacity of bay leaf extracts. 2006
  3. Patrakar R., Mansuriya M., Patil P. Phytochemical and pharmacological review on Laurus nobilis. 2012
  4. Sayyah, M., Saroukhani, G., Peirovi, A., Kamalinejad, M. Analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity of the leaf essential oil of Laurus nobilis Linn. 2003