Bay leaves are used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years, but the ancient Greeks and Romans considered this plant sacred.
It is known that the winners of the Olympiad put on head a laurel wreath, and symbolic meaning of this mythical plant was – honor and glory. All these qualities that are attributed to this plant reveal that the laurel was very important to our ancestors. It must be that there is a reason for this.
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.