Burning Bay Leaves: 3 things that Will Happen If You Do it
Bay leaf. This wonderful gift from Heaven! Thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans the plant is still considered one of the most important ones not only in cooking, but also in medicine. That’s because it’s loaded with chemicals that might be good to the body. Don’t believe? Read on and you’ll see!
So, let’s leave aside the plant itself with all its amazing culinary properties today. We’re going to talk about what happens when you burn a bay leaf at home…or somewhere else.
- Reduces inflammation
“How is this possible?!”, you might be thinking. Well, if you burn a single bay leaf or even more (from time to time), you might notice that it acts as an anti-inflammatory ‘pill’. That’s due to the fact the leaves contain eugenol – a very important chemical for the health!
- Has relaxing effect
Bay leaves are super popular as an anti-stress source. If you try burning the herb at home, the chemical linalool will start doing its job. Which is what? It’s said that linalool is able to soothe the body and mind and make you feel more relaxed. Something like a ‘zen mode’. Ten minutes of inhaling are enough for you to feel the true effects.
- Increases concentration
Speaking of zen and meditation, it’s quite clear that bay leaves might be good during all kinds of meditative practices and prayers. That’s because people say the plant does not only heal the body and mind, but also the spirit. Such a presumption probably comes from an ancient Greek legend about Apollo and Daphne. It’s that the nymph, who took a vow for celibacy and chastity, asks her father – the river god Peneus – to turn her into a bay leaf tree (laurel tree). She wanted this because she was continuously followed by Apollo, who had a passionate love for Daphne. Since then Greeks associate bay leaves with their spiritual properties.
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