The bay leaf is mostly found in the Mediterranean and has been used as a natural remedy for many diseases for centuries back. The bay laurel tree has been considered to be sacred, and its branches and leaves have been awarded to poets and artists as a sign of accomplishment.
These leaves are also practiced in medicine, since they offer plenty of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants and provide anti-inflammatory, antifungal and anti-bacterial properties.
Bay leaves provide a lot of benefits if you burn them: Use a couple of bay leaves and place them in an ashtray. Light them up and let the leaves burn for 10 minutes.
What does this provide?
It cures headache: since Bay leaves are full of cineol, pinene and elemicin compounds, these are released much more once burned and thus help with headaches and fatigue.
Reduce anxiety: Bay leaves also contain linalool, which is a compound that helps with anxiety problems and encourages communication. According to a study by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetics, you only need to smell this compound for 10 minutes and feel better instantly.
Keep the respiratory system healthy: Bay leaves contain mycrene and eugenol, which if inhaled after the burning can cleanse the lungs and alleviate the breathing.