There’s no doubt – once you try burning some bay leaves in your house, you’ll want to do it again! We generally use different herbs to savor our dishes without even considering that these kitchen ingredients can also be used for other purposes as well. Take, for instance, bay leaves. I bet not many of you know that the distinct smell these leaves provide has an amazingly soothing effect on the human body.
Bay leaves have a century-long tradition of being part of natural medicine. Their extraordinary medicinal properties such as strong anti-inflammatory and soothing properties were known and widely used even by the ancient Greeks. Also, it was thought that bay leaves can support the treatment of epilepsy.
Even today, many natural medicine practitioners admit the amazing health benefits of bay leaves, which include reduction of hypertension, protection against insomnia and stress, as well as control over blood cholesterol levels.
To get the health benefits of bay leaves, you can add them to your meals when being cooked, or you can carefully light them in a heat-resistant bowl and let the aroma slowly spread around the house. Burning a bay leaf is highly useful for relaxing your muscles, soothing your mind and improving your mood.
Bay leaves are also one of the most powerful cockroach repellents!
If insects have invaded your kitchen or garden, use bay leaves to repel them. You can hardly find a better solution because they are absolutely safe to use even nearby small kids or pets. Their strong smell works miracles when it comes to repelling cockroaches or similar insects.
The method is quite simple. Place some bay leaves in each corner of your house or garden. Since they are non-toxic, you can also use them in the kitchen where you store food.
Although both dry and fresh bay leaves can be used for the purpose, dry ones are more effective because their smell is stronger.
The health benefits of the laurel leaf:
- Reduces pain
- It calms the nervous system
- Increases and stimulates the sweating process
- Strengthens the immune system
- Boosts overall mental activity
- In addition, it can be used to treat varicose veins and painful joints.