Before we start with this article, I would like to ask you a simple question – did you know that bay leaves have been considered as a sacred herb by the ancient Greeks and Romans?
Yes, and you should also know that many people around the world used bay leaves in the alternative medicine for centuries.
And you’ve probably heard about this one – that the winner of the Olympiad had a laurel wreath on his head, which symbolized honor and glory. This actually points out how much laurel was important in the past, and there must be a good reason for this.
Note: we usually use this herb as a spice, but the healing properties of many natural ingredients such as laurel and its berries have been well-known for a long time.
The most effective active compounds in this herb are pinene and cineol.
We can also mention that it contains essential oils which have a soothing effect. The experts also say that laurel has psychoactive substances, which are released when you chew bay leaves.
The infusions of bay leaf parts have been used to assist in the soothing of stomach ulcers as well as the relief of colic pain and, ahem, flatulence. They can be used as natural insect repellants, and have been used in the treatment of arthritis, muscle pain, and symptoms associated with the flu.
So, we know why the majestic bay leaf has long been one of the most treasured herbs worldwide, even to the point of earning a spot on the head of Olympic champions in ancient Greece in the form of laurel wreaths.