We commonly use various herbs to savor our dishes without even assuming 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 incredibly soothing effect on the human body.
Bay leaves are commonly used in cooking for very long years. They are also used as a fragrance ingredient in creams, lotions, perfumes, soaps and detergents. They are rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory, antifungal and anti-bacterial properties.
Many natural medicine practitioners acknowledge 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. The bay leaf has also been held as a sacred tool for cleansing one’s space and alleviating stress, anxiety, and unpleasant energy. Ancient temples routinely burned bay leaves to clear the space and heighten one’s intuitive powers, and today the practice of burning bay leaves in one’s home is resurfacing in practice.
To reap 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 bay leaves is highly beneficial for relaxing your muscles, calming your mind and improving your mood. Bay leaves are also one of the most powerful cockroach repelants. If insects have invaded your kitchen or lawn, use bay leaves to repel them. You can hardly find a better solution because they are perfectly safe to use even around small kids or pets. Their powerful smell works wonders when it comes to repelling cockroaches or similar insects.
Burning Benefits of Bay Leaves:
There are many burning bay leaves benefits, and here is a comprehensive guide to burning bay leaves for stress/anxiety, as well respiratory discomforts and fatigue.
Take a few leaves and put them in an ashtray or another metal dish so you’d be sure that you won’t damage anything. Light them up and leave the room for 10 minutes. Make sure you close the windows and leave the fumes to fill in the space then enter and breathe in the benefits.
Here are the benefits that you’ll get if you burn them into your house
1. Reduce Fatigue and Tension
Bay leaves contain powerful compounds such as pinene, cineol, and elemicin that, when burned, produce a nerve-soothing effect, as well as a pleasant energy boost. Burning bay leaves releases those medicinal properties into the air, and when inhaled can put you in a relaxed state of mind that in turn alleviates feelings of fatigue.
2. Reduce Anxiety
Bay leaves contain a significant amount of linalool, a naturally occurring terpene found in various flowers and spices that is widely known for its stress-relieving qualities. A recent study conducted through the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists found linalool to greatly reduce anxiety and likewise enhance social interactions between those under the influence of it. The study deduced that in under 10 minutes of inhaling fumes from the burning bay leaves subjects felt the linalool’s effects.
3. Produce Respiratory Relief
Bay leaves also contain mycrene and eugenol that have anti-inflammatory properties and are great for dislodging mucus and phlegm in the lungs and for stimulating respiratory passages. The best way to help your respiratory system is by inhaling the stem from a burnt leaf into the house.
Instead of burning the leaves, soak fresh ones in clean water or pick up a small vial of bay leaf oil and use it in a humidifier to create a steamy vapor which you then breathe in. You can also simply boil the treated water on the stove top or rub the oil on your chest area to alleviate respiratory problems, allergies, and asthma.
4. Pest Control
Bay leaves are a safe and effective way to rid your household of annoying pests such as cockroaches and pantry moths. The fumes of burning bay leaves are highly unpleasant to many insects, and routine practice will drive them out of infested spaces for good.