I planted three Jamaican Bay Rum Trees around five years ago. I do not irrigate my lawn so the trees have taken a really long time to grow. The leaves have a wonderful woodsy, spicy, sweet aroma and are perfect for cooking with or putting in a sachet bag. I also just learned that you can make aftershave with it!
The Jamaican Bay Rum leaves were used by sailors in the 16th century to freshen up and mask their manly mix with fish aroma. The sailors had rum on hand and used the Bay Rum leaves to spice the rum and to use it more easily as a perfume.
I am intrigued and on my way to get the ingredients to make aftershave! One of the ingredients is Jamaican Rum. If the aftershave does not work out, we will have rum on Friday, Jan 16th for my open studio. Please come by from 6 to 9pm. I will hopefully have the beginnings of my aftershave. At 7pm I will be doing a demonstration on how to make sachets and some spices to sniff. I also will have allspice leaves from my garden.
Here are some of the Jamaican Bay Rum and Allspice sachets that I have in my studio. Each one is hand illustrated with the name of the spice in natural muslin. I also have Lavender.
My studio address is 8905 SW 129th Street, Miami (in the Falls Art District)