Alcoholado, Alcolado or Bay Rum is a blend of alcohol and natural extracts such as bay rum, menthol and eucalyptus. It is used locally to relieve fever, muscle aches, insect bites and more.
There are two varieties. The commercial type, like Superior 70. They began manufacturing in 1911 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. You can get it at any local pharmacy.
The other variety is handmade and homemade. That’s the method that Caribbean Soaps uses.
Many family recipes abound, from adding fresh aloe, camphor and menthol crystals, fideillo plant and many other ingredients.
What every alcoholado must have is “Malagüeta” leaves. Also known as West Indian bay leaf. Bay leaf is what gives its characteristic aroma and its analgesic and antibacterial properties. Sometimes, it is misidentified as eucalyptus, but that’s another tree species.
Rub down the body with Alcoholado when the body is aching from workouts or pulled muscles. Use as a body rub down when you have a cold, flu or fever to stabilize the body. Use in floor washes in the home when someone has passes in your life or when someone has been sick to cleanse the home.