The bay leaf, also known under its scientific name, Laurus nobilis, is a leaf from the bay laurel tree.

It is mostly found in the Mediterranean and has been used as a natural remedy for many diseases for centuries back. The bay laurel tree has been considered to be sacred, and its branches and leaves have been awarded to poets and artists as a sign of accomplishment.

The bay leaves serve many purposes, and it is often used in the cosmetics industry for making perfumes, as well as in the culinary world for cooking.

These leaves are also practiced in medicine, since they offer plenty of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants and provide anti-inflammatory, antifungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Bay leaves provide a lot of benefits if you burn them: Use a couple of bay leaves and place them in an ashtray. Light them up and let the leaves burn for 10 minutes.

What does this provide?

It cures headache: since Bay leaves are full of cineol, pinene and elemicin compounds, these are released much more once burned and thus help with headaches and fatigue.

Reduce anxiety: Bay leaves also contain linalool, which is a compound that helps with anxiety problems and encourages communication. According to a study by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetics, you only need to smell this compound for 10 minutes and feel better instantly.

Keep the respiratory system healthy: Bay leaves contain mycrene and eugenol, which if inhaled after the burning can cleanse the lungs and alleviate the breathing.

And also bay leaves provide a lot of other benefits as well:

Deal with diabetes: Bay leaves are especially important in the fight against type 2 diabetes and they can easily lower the bad cholesterol, blood glucose and triglyceride levels.

By consuming the leaves you will diminish the sugar levels significantly and will improve the heart performance.

Because they are full of anti-oxidants, the bay leaves encourage the body to produce more insulin and keep the diabetes problems in check.

Keep the heart healthy: thanks to the rutin and caffeic acid-both organic compounds found in bay leaves, the heart can perform faster, better and is not exposed to cardiovascular problems. Rutin helps to strengthen the heart’s capillary walls, and the cafeic acid prevents the bad cholesterol levels from escalating.

Prevent cancer: as a result of the antioxidants and organic compounds abundance in bay leaves, like catechins, linalool, parthenolide, phytonutrients, they are incredible in fighting off cancer and preventing cancer cells from forming.



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The bay leaf, also known under its scientific name, Laurus nobilis, is a leaf from the bay laurel tree. It is mostly found in the Mediterranean and has been used as a natural remedy for many diseases for centuries back. The bay laurel tree has been considered to be sacred,...