There is a very famous herb that will help you instantly relax and get rid of tension, anxiety, stress and fatigue. This herb is the bay leaf. The Russian scientist Gennady Malakhov found that this plant has a fantastic effect against fatigue and stress.
Ever since ancient times, the bay tree has been highly regarded as a sacred tree whose branches were given to winners and poets as a sign of a highest honor and glory.
Today, bay trees are used in horticulture – as trees or as hedging plants, in cooking – as a spice (bay leaves are added to soups, stews, etc., because of the special flavor that they give to the food, and they are not eaten, but removed from the food after cooking), and in folk medicine as a medicinal herb. Its therapeutic agents are ethereal and fatty oils derived from the berries and leaves, and its active substances mainly include pinene and cineole.
Laurel enriches the antioxidant potential of foods, thereby contributing to a stronger immune system, protection against the harmful effects of free radicals, wound healing and protection against viruses.
Bay leaves contain a significant quantity of vitamin A, which contributes to a better mind, maintains and protects the mucous membranes and the skin, and helps in the reduction of lung and oral cavity.
The distinctive smell of bay leaves comes from the volatile compounds that have a curative effect on the digestion system and relieve digestive problems.
Tea made from bay leaves stimulates the appetite and digestion, helps to calm down nausea, and alleviates ulcers, cramps and bloating.
Bay essential oil can help in the treatment of arthritis, muscle pain, bronchitis and flu.
This fragrant spice has the potential to reduce the risk of cancer because it contains a variety of phytochemicals that have powerful anti-cancer properties.
Using bay leaves for relaxing
Here’s how you should use bay leaves to create a relaxing atmosphere:
Take one dried bay leaf, place it in a container where it can burn, light it up and leave the room. After ten minutes the bay leaf will be burned out, and the room will be full of incense smoke that will create a special atmosphere. Try it!
When burning, bay leaves release the specific ingredients that help us alleviate fatigue and relax.