The ancient Greeks and Romans not only considered bay leaves as a sacred plant, they also used it as a medicinal herb for so many conditions for centuries. Everyone would have seen the laurel wreath worn by the Olympiad winners on their head. This mythical plant has always been the symbol of honor and glory in these cultures.
This gives you a pretty good idea of the importance of laurel in these big ancient cultures. This also means that there is good reason why it was held in so much admiration.
There are many properties that make the bay leaves so important. Some of them include:
It is not just the leaves, but the plant’s berries have also been used effectively in treating various conditions including stomach flu, neurasthenia, and hysteria.
So where does the secret to all these goodies lie in this herb?
The secret are the main active substances in the herb – cineol and pinene. There are also different essential oils that give soothing effects. This gives this plant amazing psychoactive effects, thus creating positive effects on your mood.
So how can you get the benefits of this wonderful herb? Take an ashtray and light just one leaf in it. Leave the room for 10 minutes and you will experience the amazing fragrances that give relaxation to everyone.
Note: – So many myths and legends mention the psychoactive effects from laurel. One of the most famous is related to the oracle at Delphi. Legend has it that the girls at Delphi used to chew bay leaves to get the power to look into the future.
Source: Just Natural Life
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