Mediterranean bay is an evergreen tree which grows up to 20 meters. Its leaves are green/dark green, glossy, 5-10 cm long and 2-5 cm wide and fruits are black, small and olive-like. It is indigenous to the Mediterranean but widely cultivated in Europe and USA as an ornamental and medicinal plant. Dried leaves are commonly used in soups, sauces and stews in Mediterranean and
North American cuisines, as well as natural insect repellent for kitchens and pantries. Both the leaves and berries as well as the essential oil of the Mediterranean bay are also known for their medicinal properties.
Mediterranean bay has been historically significant. In ancient Greece and Rome, scholars, warriors, priests, poets and athletes were honoured by wreaths made out of bay leaves.
Goya Botanicals Bay Leaf Essential Oil is obtained through unpressurised steam distillation of the leaves of the bay trees which have grown in wild for centuries, in the mountains of south-west Turkey. It is characterised by a high content of 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol). The aroma is fresh, fruity and herbaceous.