Bay leaves of the sweet, fragrant shrub or small tree known as sweet bay laurel have become a popular herbal remedy.
In fact, there are many different kinds of laurel bushes and trees. But, you should only use the edible or herbal variety. Moreover, sweet bay laurel is cultivated as a garden herb due to its spicy, fragrant leaves.
The Therapeutic Effects of Bay Leaves:
- Bay leaves possess many powerful plant-derived chemical compounds, vitamins, and minerals that are crucial to optimum health.
- They also contain a number of volatile active components, including chavicol, eugenol, a-pinene, geranyl acetate, a-terpineol, neral, methyl chavicol, linalool, limonene, myrcene, and ß-pinene. These compounds have digestive, antioxidant, antiseptic, and even anti-cancer properties.
- Fresh bay leaves are abundant in vitamin C. Namely, 100 g provide 77.5% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. This vitamin is one of the most potent natural antioxidants that can help eliminate harmful free radicals from your body. It can also boost your immune system, fight viral infections, and promote wound healing.
- Bay leaves have a powerful effect on the gastrointestinal system. They can stimulate urination and reduce the toxicity of the body because they act as a diuretic. In addition, they can also stimulate vomiting when you have consumed something toxic. Additionally, the organic compounds present in bay leaves can soothe irritable bowel syndrome and upset stomachs, or reduce the symptoms of Celiac’s disease. Moreover, the unique enzymes present in the leaves can help improve digestion and nutrient absorption.
- Bay leaves have a natural soothing ability. Linalool found in the leaves can help decrease the level of stress hormones in the body, particularly when used in aromatherapy. In fact, high levels of stress hormones can be harmful for long-term health. Therefore, use bay leaves since they can help you calm down and stay relaxed even in stressful situations.
Homemade Bay Leaf Oil Recipe
- 250 ml of extra-virgin olive oil
- 30 g of bay leaves
First of all, mash the bay leaves and then mix them with the olive oil. Pour it into a pitcher bottle and store it in a cool and dark place for about 2 weeks. It is advisable to shake the bottle on a regular basis. After 14 days, strain the oil through cheesecloth and transfer it in another bottle. Keep it in a dark and cool place.
How to Use the Oil:
- You can get rid of varicose veins by applying the oil on the affected area 2 times a day.
- You can reduce joint pain by rubbing the oil on the affected area regularly.
- Rub a bit of the oil into your temples to alleviate migraine.
- Apply some of the oil on your abdominal area to relieve abdominal pain.
- You can use the oil in case of fever.
- You can shrink the appearance of large pores and skin problems, such as pimples and zits by applying the oil on the affected skin area.