Have you ever wandered into a room and noticed a calming quality about the space? Have you ever been in a place where the air itself seemed to relax you and draw all of your stress straight out of your body?
You may very well have been experiencing the amazing effects of the humble bay leaf.
While bay leaves are most often associated with all things culinary, they have a long history of being used in other ways as well. The Greeks and Romans celebrated the bay leaf for its healing properties. You can still see their veneration of its powers through the art they left behind.
We now know just how right the Greeks and Romans were. Bay leaves have a proven calming effect, can act as an anti-inflammatory agent, and can help prevent epileptic fits. The leaves contain essential oils, such as Eucalyptol, which can free up your respiratory passages and help you relax.
In addition, bay leaves can reduce insomnia, stress, and cholesterol. They can also help regulate blood sugar and blood pressure.
Of course, all these benefits don’t take away from how delicious the bay leaf can be when added to dishes. Just remember to always take the leaves out of the food before you eat, lest you accidentally swallow one.
The calming effects of these leaves can be experienced in as little as 10 minutes. All you have to do is burn a few leaves in your home.
Always make sure to burn them in a safe container and away from anything that might be flammable. Use leaves that are completely dry for the best effect as these will burn easily.
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