Has a spicy and pungent aroma, with proven anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. It is widely used in preparing soaps for men, colognes and cosmetics. Its astringent qualities have proven anti-dandruff benefits and promote hair growth. Bay Leaf essential oil can effectively treat neuralgia, rheumatism and muscular aches. It improves blood circulation and is an essential component for massage liniments. (After a tiring day, use as a massage oil before your bath for amazing results) Bay Leaf essential oil releases heat when rubbed on your body, improving blood circulation which helps to relieve muscle tension. If you feel a cold coming on it can relieve lung and sinus congestion or use in a cool compress for relieving sunburn. Like Bay Laurel, it is considered to improve your memory.