What is Bay West India oil?

For years now many people use essential oils to help improve our hair, skin and our general health. Bay West India oil is extracted from the fruits and leaves of the plant Pimenta Racemosa, which are commonly grown in Central America as well as in the West Indies. It’s known for its rich, pale yellow look and it’s long-term use as a preservative as well as a natural fragrance. What, though, can this particular oil do for you if you were to use it on your hair? Does it hold any particular benefits?

Bay West India Oil For Hair: Benefits

For those who want to use essential oils for hair, you might not be sure where to look for good ideas on what can and cannot work. Bay West India, along with any essential oil, should always be diluted with a carrier oil before application to your hair or skin. When used on your hair, it’s believed that it can offer the following benefits:

  • Bay West India oil has anti-fungal properties. When applied to the scalp, it’s known to help combat problems like fungal infections on the scalp.
  • Some anecdotal evidence also points to Bay West Indies oil encouraging hair growth, though more research is needed.
  • This essential oil is great for calming the body and providing a sense of emotional relief, which can help to reduce stress levels and thus minimize hair damage and breakage.

Bay West India Oil Side Effects

This particular essential oil has been known to cause irritation to the skin if applied at a strong a dosage - always dilute this oil with a carrier oil before use. Take care especially when placing it on your hair or your scalp. Some studies link Bay West Indies oil to blood clotting. We would recommend speaking to a doctor before you start using this particular product; it might help you to work out what reactions it could cause for you. 


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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