Bay leaf has been valued as a valuable and medicinal herb for centuries. Although we use it to flavor food today, it was once used extensively for medicinal purposes. However, if you burn a bay leaf in your house, what would happen?
Bay leaves were originally burned in homes and places of worship, just as we currently burn cones or sticks of incense. The primary uses of bay leaves were religious—some were even miraculous—but there were also scientific ones based on the discovery that the leaves contain a variety of compounds that are good for the body's health.
1. Relieves Anxiety
Burning a bay leaf is a traditional method used for stress relief for many years. The chemical linalool in the bay leaf creates smoke when inhaled, relaxes the mind and body. Burning bay leaves regularly, and the smoke puts you in a “psychedelic state,” which doesn’t make you feel tired. Also, the smoke simultaneously will perk you up and calm your body.
2. Reduce Inflammation
Some of the healing properties of bay leaves include lowering inflammation in the body, especially within your joints. This medicinal effect comes from the chemical Eugenol, also found in bay leaves and has natural anti-inflammatory characteristics.
3. Boost Immune System
In addition, Eugenol also has anti-oxidant characteristics, and bay leaf is packed with other minerals and vitamins needed for a hipper function of our bodies. Therefore ingesting and burning bay leaf has the ability to boost the immune system.
4. Fights with Diabetes Type II
For this matter, experts advice consuming 1-3 grams of bay leaves daily for best results. Consuming such amount of bay leaves for 30 days improves the insulin levels more significant than before the examination. It leads the researchers to believe that the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant characteristics will help relieve some signs of Type II diabetes.
5. Improves Body Alertness
In fact, if you burn a bay leaf often, it will combat chronic weakness! Some of the chemicals in bay leaves like cineol, pinene and elemicin fight feelings of fatigue and provide an energy boost to those who inhale the bay leaf smoke.
6. Heals Your Respiratory System
If you burn a Bay leaf, it will help in treating clogged, backed up lungs and respiratory passages. It naturally removes and breaks up the phlegm and mucus. This time soak fresh leaves in some hot water pot and create steamy vapor. Then use it as a humidifier for breath in and heal respiratory issues, allergies, and asthma.