Bay Rum History & Benefits

BY: | POSTED: May 14th, 2020

When I hear the words Bay Rum I feel immediately transported to a beautiful island somewhere in the West Indies. This delicious smelling essential oil has quite a unique back story. It is traced back to sailors who would spend months out to sea. And as I’m sure you can imagine, they began to smell less than desirable. They came across the leaves on the bay trees which have a delightful spicy fragrance that is reminiscent of clove. When they rubbed the leaves over their skin, the oil from the leaves transferred and helped them smell much better. Then they found if they steep the leaves in one of their most favorite beverages known as rum that it would add an even better layer of spicy aroma. The blend of the leaves and the rum became their go-to-deodorant of the seas.

Bay Rum not only smells like heaven but it has many benefits for healing. When diluted with a proper carrier oil it can be used as a massage oil that helps relieve sore muscles and joints. It’s great for those who need to relax after a hard workout. And it’s also worked to alleviate symptoms from arthritis. It has been my go-to essential oil for our sweet aging horse, Scarlett.


When Bay Rum is diffused it aids in relaxation and helps to alleviate those unbearable symptoms from respiratory complaints like coughs and colds. It is a potent antibacterial and has found to be effective against bacterial strains such as E.coli and salmonella. It also has a generous amount of anti-fungal properties. Its excellent antiseptic and antibacterial properties make it an excellent choice for tending to minor wounds such as cuts, bites, and scrapes. Be sure to dilute it with a carrier oil before dabbing it gently around the affected area.

And of course it has many benefits for skin. It acts as an astringent that helps tighten your skin and reduces and balances oil production. Wild Child Botanicals offers a variety of products with this enriching essential oil. First, our artisan hand-made soap makes an excellent body soap and facial wash. It will balance oil production and it leaves your body feeling moisturized and smelling incredible. Our Dead Sea Salt scrub will remove old dry skin and leave you feeling polished and new. It will expose a fresh new layer of skin giving you that beautiful summer glow. The Green Tea Shea skin treatment helps aid in bacterial removal and serves as an excellent face moisturizer. And you can finish up your daily pampering with our non-greasy extreme moisturizing body lotion. It’s alluring spicy aroma make it an excellent gift. Say… for Father’s Day. And for the month of May, all of our Bay Rum products are 20% off.

Happy Healing and God Bless.