Bay leaf is a popular culinary herb. It is slightly bitter and strongly aromatic. Bay leaves are used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years, but the ancient Greeks and Romans considered this plant sacred.
It is known that the winners of the Olympiad put on the head a laurel wreath, and symbolic meaning of this mythical plant was – honor and glory. All these qualities that are attributed to this plant reveal that the laurel was very important to our ancestors. It must be that there is a reason for this.
Although we use it mainly as a spice, the healing properties of laurel leaves and berries are known to us, and main active substances of this herb are pinene and cineol, and essential oils that act soothing.
Psychoactive effects of laurel were described in many myths and legends, the most famous are that of the oracle at Delphi, where they chewed bay leaves to see the future.
Essential oils and other active substances from the laurel have a soothing effect, and all you have to do is to light a single leaf in an ashtray, exit the room and return after 10 minutes. The room will be full of fragrances that will act relaxing and soothing to all family members.
As a medicinal herb, bay leaf acts as antirheumatic, antiseptic, bactericide, diuretic, sedative, antioxidant. It has a positive effect on mood. At the same time, the leaves and berries are also effective in the treatment of hysteria, neurasthenia stomach flu…