Sweet bay is used to treat cancer and gas; stimulate bile flow; and cause sweating.
Some people apply sweet bay to the scalp for dandruff. It is also put on the skin for pain, especially muscle and joint pain (rheumatism).
The fruit and fatty oils of sweet bay are used on the skin to treat boils (furuncles) caused by infected hair follicles.
Veterinarians use sweet bay as an udder ointment.
In food, sweet bay is used as a seasoning in cooking and in processed foods.
In manufacturing, the oil is used in cosmetics, soaps, and detergents.
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