BAY: “Beyond Bug Repellent

Arthritis, Bacteria and Fungi Infections, Cockroach Repellent, Stress Management

Also Known As: Grecian or Roman Laurel, Green Bay, Laurel and Sweet Bay


The herb bay has been around for centuries and is best know today as a cockroach repellent. It was used by the Romans, English herbalists and Native Americans for a variety of conditions such as arthritis, promotion of menstruation, joint stiffness, headaches, abdominal pains, insect bites, bee stings, skin wounds and urinary disorders.


  • First Aid:

Apply fresh crushed leaves directly onto minor cuts and scrapes. Use medium to light pressure. Leaves may be moistened.

  • Infusion:

For a relaxing aromatic sweet tasting infusion, use 1 to 2 teaspoons of crushed leaves per cup of boiling water. Strain before drinking. The leaves are sharp. Drink up to 3 cups a day. Feel free to add 1 to 2 drops of bay oil to tea, brandy or honey.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Bay grows up to 20 feet in the US. It’s leaves are leathery, thick and shiny. Berries are dark purple or black about the size of a grape and contain one seed. They cannot survive in cold weather. Grow them indoors in the winter using moderately rich soil. Leaves may be harvested all year round.


For medicinal use, be sure to consult with you doctor first. Bay is on the Food and Drug Administration’s list of herbs regarded as generally safe.