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The Bay leaf tree is an evergreen tree that grows up to a height of 12m. Their growth rate is very slow. We can say that a mature bay leaf is approximately 5-6 cm wide and 10 cm in length.
The leaf, both dried and fresh, and the fruit of the bay leaf tree are used for medicinal purposes and cooking.
Bay leaves contain vitamins A, C, magnesium, calcium, manganese, potassium, and iron.
Centuries ago, ancient Greeks have been considered the bay leaf as a valuable and medicinal plant. They used these leaves in many different ways.
Nowadays people use them to spice up their foods.
Bay leaves include linalool chemical which creates a smoke that when inhaled, calms the body and mind. Linalool is known to reduce anxiety.
Another benefit of these leaves are to reduce the inflammation in the body, especially within our joints.
This healing effect comes from the chemical eugenol which is found on the bay leaves. Eugenol also includes antioxidant. So, burning them has the capacity to boost our immune system.
Besides these, the antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties can help relieve some symptoms of Type 2 diabetes.
to see the results, it is necessary to consume 3 grams of bay leaves a day. It is proven in a study published in the US National Library of Medicine.
The similar study was conducted the Department of Human Nutrition in Pakistan. The conclusion was that using bay leaf reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases and Type 2 diabetes.
Bay leaves also includes some chemicals such as pinene, cineol and elemicin which fight feelings of tiredness and give a pleasant energy boost. It is possible to get positive effects by smoking bay leaves.
Using them in this way, takes you in a more higher and awake state and helps you to gain more awareness.
Bay leaves have been used in temples with spiritual properties for centuries.