Dried West Indies Bay Leaf (Pimenta Racemosa)
West Indies Bay Leaf (Pimenta Racemosa)
Our West Indies Bay Leaves (Pimenta Racemosa) are naturally and organically grown in South West Florida. Untreated by synthetic fertilizers, chemicals or pesticides. Not manufactured, altered or processed. Hand picked directly from the tree, washed, and naturally air dried until ready to infuse.
The Pimenta Racemosa is an evergreen, slow growing hard wood tree. The fruit, bark and leaves produce exceptional flavor when crushed or torn, highly spiced with aromatic notes of cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, vanilla and cardamom.
Traditionally used for medicinal properties, various ailments and cooking spice. When crushed and infused, produces different physical characteristics and compositions. Immersed in glycerin or witch hazel nurtures a palette of toasted warm colors of ginger-gold, plum, nutmeg, passionate red and chestnut that contribute to natural pigments in soap making, skin care, perfumes, and more.
A lighter aroma and contrast may occur when infused in carrier oils such as Avocado, Olive, Grapeseed and other liquid oils that contain nutty or woody aromas which may also alter the distinct flavor of the Bay Leaves. Fractioned Coconut, Jojoba, Safflower, Sweet Almond, Glycerin, Witch Hazel and even Rum have proven to be very accommodating. When choosing a carrier oil or steeping liquid take note to the shelf life for longer lasting results.
The Pimenta Racemosa infusion can be added to recipes such as hot process soap after the cook, handmade liquid and solid shampoo, perfumes, after shave, cologne, essential oil, salves, balms, massage oil and cosmetic applications.
Known for its uplifting and grounding aroma, clears mental confusion and provides clarity. Studies have shown antibiotic properties, with therapeutic actions of antiseptic controlling bacteria, viruses, stimulates, relieves pain and muscle aches, strains and sprains, supports muscle movement, anti-inflammatory, increases hair growth, scalp circulation, clears dandruff.
West Indies Bay (Pimenta Racemosa) blends well with essential oils of cedarwood, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, juniper, lavender, and citrus oils, rosemary, thyme and ylang ylang.
Directions: Lightly crush dried leaves, add to a canning jar with sealing lids, add carrier oil or steeping liquid to cover leaves filling up to the brim of the jar. Place jar in a warm, dark location preferably a temperature-controlled box set to 100 F. as little as 6 weeks to 6 months or more turning the jar every now and then. The longer the infusion matures, the stronger and more potent the flavor and medicinal qualities. Do not infuse fresh cut leaves.
Safety: Avoid during pregnancy. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, wash hands after touching leaf extract. Can cause reactions of hypersensitivity.
Listing is for 1 bag
Net wt. 5 oz. 16 g. approx. 35 leaves