Bay Laurel – The Herb of Heroes and an important ally to your health
The ancient Greeks and Romans held this aromatic Mediterranean tree in very high esteem. They decorated their athletes and heroes with wreaths of bay, giving them the highest honour. This custom still exists today. Bay Laurel is connected with, and symbolizes, wisdom, honour and poetry.
The ancient Greek oracle Pythia used to chew on bay leaves before giving her prophecies, the winners of the Pythian games wore wreaths of bay, with bay the god Apollo redeemed
Orestis from the murder of his mother. Greek mythology is full of tales of this noble tree. The Latin name Laurus Nobilis confirms its noble attributes.
Let’s take a closer look at our noble Bay.
Using bay leaves in cooking gives amazing flavour and depth to a dish but also helps the body digest the food better. Dry leaves give off a better and stronger aroma than fresh ones. Add 2-3 bay leaves to soups, marinades, meat dishes or oven baked vegetables.
We can also make an aromatic tea from bay leaves. Simply pour some boiling water over 2-3 bay leaves and let this steep for 15 minutes. Bay tea stimulates the imagination and creative inspiration, lifts the mood and opens the 6th and 7th chakras (remember Pythia!).
Bay leaf tea also:
- Helps the digestion
- Soothes the stomach
- Lowers blood sugar levels and triglycerides
- Soothes the throat
- It is helpful in diarrhea and intestinal bloating
Bay leaf oil
If you feel down or stressed, put 2-3 drops of essential oil of bay leaf in a burner. The aroma:
- calms the nerves
- improves the mood
- gives inspiration
The essential oil is also a powerful weapon against hair loss! Just add 5 drops of bay leaf essential oil to your shampoo and conditioner. Stir well. The oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, it improves the hair structure, nourishes and gives a beautiful gloss to the hair shafts, acts against dandruff and strengthens the hair.
You can make a strengthening hair mask as follows: add 4 drops of bay leaf essential oil to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Mix well and massage the scalp with this mask. Leave in for half an hour, then wash your hair.
Bay leaf essential oil is also effective in relieving pain, especially rheumatic and arthritic pain, when we use it in a massage blend. Add 5 drops to 50 ml base oil, such as almond oil, and massage the painful areas, or add 5 drops to your bath to help relieve pain.
You can witness the fragrant process of essential oil extraction of bay at Cyherbia Botanical Park in Avgorou on the following dates:
- Friday and Saturday August 25th & 26th
- Saturday and Sunday September 2nd and 3rd
On each of these days there will be two distillations, the first will take place from 11 am till 1 pm and from the second from 4pm till 6 pm. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 99 91 54 43.
You can buy pure essential oil of organic Cyprus grown bay at the park’s herb shop or online from http://cyherbia.com.