Bay leaf (aka Laurel) or “Laurus nobilis” is a plant with wide range of properties, and for those reasons is widely used for medical purposes. Most of you are familiar with this plant when preparing meat, stews and sauces as it offers great flavors in cooked meals. However, it is not solely used for culinary purposes, but also it is a main ingredient in Alternative medicine, for the treatment of various medical conditions.
The bay leaf originates from the Mediterranean; it is a leafy tree with dark green leaves and a brownish gray bark growing in humid and fresh climates. From culinary aspect the bay leaves are frequently used as addition to flavor, and from medical point of view it can be used as crucial substance to many natural remedies and treatments using in the fight against many health conditions. The plant itself incorporates so many health advantages which are very helpful for various health issues.
Health Benefits of Bay Leaf
Bay leaf is considered to be a great stimulant of the digestive system. It is carminative and hepatic. Further on, it is extremely beneficial for the respiratory system and aids in the fight against flu. Likewise, it promotes blood circulation; then, it acts as diuretic, anti-rheumatic and antibiotic.
It is very helpful in the following cases:
- Bloating and flatulence
- Blackouts or fatigue
- Cases of chronic fatigue or exhaustion, shortage of energy
- Fluid retention
- Issues with the sciatic nerve
- Muscle cramps
- Muscular weakness
- Migraines and headaches
- Nerve and muscle contractures
- Premenstrual signs
- Skin infections
- Sleep apnea and snoring
Natural remedies with bay leaf
- Bay leaf oil
Bay leaf is very good for the blood circulation, and because of that it can be used when performing lymphatic drainage massages. It helps against fluid retention and heaviness.
Furthermore, it is used in the treatment of nervous tics or muscle stiffness. Also, if you want to control snoring you can use laurel oil by applying a few drops of it onto the chest, before going to sleep.
- Bay leaf assistance for children
Use your diffuser and apply about 3 drops of bay leaf oil. It has been proven to be very helpful against crying, fears, panic attacks, and vomiting in children.
It can be used as infusion which would be the easiest way for acquiring all laurel’s benefits. All you have to do is to put 2 bay leaves in 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Place the saucepan on a stove, and when it starts to boil, remove it from heat, cover it with a lid and leave it like that for 10 minutes. In the end, strain the solution and drink it.
- Uses in aromatherapy
Thanks to the intense laurel aroma, this plant can be used in aromatherapy. Its first use is to purify the environment and act against repelling insects. The second use is for body and mind relaxing which will help you to overcome difficult emotions like depression, anguish, and fears. Additionally, it stimulates better blood circulation thus providing a great deal of vitality.
Laurel Oil Recipe
- 1 cup of almond oil
- 2 tbsp of dried bay leaves
- A container with a lid which is hermetically closed (it needs to be with an amber color so that the content does not degrade with light).
Method of Preparation:
Put the dried bay leaves inside the container. Pour almond oil in it so that the leaves are covered with it, and completely submerged. Nicely cover the container with a lid and leave it to stand for 30 days in a cool and dry area, away from sunlight. Shake the container on a regular basis.