Do you know what happens when you burn bay leaf at home?
This article will blow your mind.
Since the ancient time of the Greeks and Romans, bay leaves have been considered a valuable, medicinal herb.
Although nowadays, we mainly use them as a spice in cooking, ages ago these leaves served a much different purpose.
As we typically burn sticks or cones of incense now, bay leaves were once (and in some places, still are) burned in homes and places of worship.
Although some reasons were religious, some even fantastical, but rest were based on the true scientific fact that bay leaves contain a hodgepodge of chemicals beneficial to the body and relieve stress and anxiety.
As per the history concerns, the bay leaf was highly prized by the Greeks and the Romans, who believed that the herb symbolizes wisdom, peace, and protection.
1. Relieves Anxiety
The combination of chemicals (specifically the chemical linalool) in the leaves creates smoke that, when inhaled, calms the body and mind.
2. Source of Minerals and Vitamins
The spice contains many important plant-derived chemical compounds, minerals, and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. The spice is indeed an excellent source of many vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin.
3. Bay leaf burning has been used as a way to relieve stress for centuries. As per reports, The combination of chemicals (specifically the chemical linalool) in the leaves creates smoke that, when inhaled, calms the body and mind.
4. Antiseptic, Antioxidant and Digestive friendly Component
This spice has many volatile active components such as a-pinene, ß-pinene, myrcene, limonene, linalool, methyl chavicol, neral, a-terpineol, geranyl acetate, eugenol, and chavicol. These compounds are known to have been antiseptic, antioxidant, digestive, and thought to have anti-cancer properties.
5. Fresh Bay Leaves Comes with Vitamin C
Although many are not aware of the fact that fresh leaves are a very rich source of vitamin C; provide 46.5 mg or 77.5% of RDA per 100 g. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is one of the powerful natural antioxidants that help remove harmful free radicals from the body. Ascorbic acid also has an immune booster, wound healing, and antiviral effects.
6. Excellent Source of vitamin-A
Moreover, bay leaves are an excellent source of vitamin-A; contain 6185 IU or 206% of recommended daily levels per 100 g. Vitamin-A is a natural antioxidant and is essential for normal eyesight.
7. Good for Skin Health
It is also required for maintaining mucosa and skin health. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin A has been found to help to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
8. Helps to beat stomach ulcers flatulence and colic pain
9. Infusions of herb parts are reputed to soothe stomach ulcers and help relieve flatulence and colic pain.
10. Used in the Treatment of Arthritis, Muscle pain, Bronchitis
The components in the essential oil can also be used in many traditional medicines in the treatment of arthritis, muscle pain, bronchitis, and flu symptoms.
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