Stress has become an integral part of our daily lives. The rhythm of restrained life, interminable workloads and lack of sleep are all factors that dramatically increase our anxiety and affect our physical and psychological state of health. But do you know that there is a simple and natural way to free yourself from stress and reduce your stress levels? Discover the virtues of bay leaves!
Many of us think that they can only relax if they change their surroundings for at least over the weekend, or only if they are pampered in a spa.
In reality, there are many other natural alternatives, much simpler and more affordable. The bay leaf is the perfect illustration. Widely used in the kitchen for its mild aroma, distinct smell and powerful therapeutic properties, it is also beneficial for reducing stress and relaxing your body and mind.
The bay leaf to reduce stress
To enjoy the soothing effect of the bay leaf, simply take some fresh or dried leaves, put them in an ashtray and set it on fire. Leave the room for about ten minutes and then come back to breathe deeply the smell of the bay leaf and enjoy the positive energy flow. Indeed, the combustion of these leaves allows the release of its vegetable essence oil (pure essential oil) known for its soothing and relaxing effects.
Some other virtues of bay leaf
Strengthens the immune system
When you add a bay leaf to your meals, you increase the antioxidant power of your foods, helping to strengthen your immune defenses and fight against the harmful effects of free radicals, responsible for the early aging and inflammatory state of your cells.
Thanks to its richness in fiber, vitamins and minerals, bay leaf is very beneficial for the digestive system, provided it is consumed in moderation. Its characteristic smell stimulates the production of saliva and digestive enzymes, which helps stimulate the digestion process and remedy digestive disorders such as bloating or heartburn.
The bay leaf, thanks to its antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, is a powerful remedy against infections and viral diseases. It effectively eliminates pathogens and appeases pain and discomfort.
For the beauty of the skin and hair
The local application of the bay leaf added in lotion or in decoction makes it possible to purify the oily skin and the scalp. It helps disinfect wounds and soothe skin irritations. Additionally, adding bay leaves to the rinse water of your hair will help you fight dandruff and make your hair shine.
The bay leaves have a powerful calming and soothing action that relieves pain. Migraine, joint pain or muscle tension, the bay leaf can be your ally. You can prepare a poultice with the crushed leaves that you can apply directly to the painful part, or put in the water of your bath to enjoy a general relaxation.
An excellent cockroach repellent
Besides these beauty and health uses, bay leaves can be your fatal weapon against cockroaches. Its strong smell highly appreciated by humans is hated by these insects. Use it to replace your chemical insecticides that are harmful to your health. All you have to do is place fresh bay leaf, or dry ground leaves – for even more perfume – and place them in the entry points of your home as well as in the spaces you wish to protect. The strong odor will form a barrier that a cockroach will not succeed crossing.
Excessive consumption of bay leaves may cause vomiting or drowsiness. The bay leaf is contraindicated to pregnant and lactating women.