Did you know that the smell of spice relaxes you?
Commonly used spice plants have a less familiar function.
The smell of bay leaves for example, momentarily helps you relax and remove tension, anxiety, stress and fatigue. Since ancient times it has been highly regarded as a sacred tree whose branches are presented to sporting winners and poets as a sign of the highest honour and glory.
Today, bay leaves are used in horticulture as formally shaped hedges, in cookery as a condiment and in traditional medicine as a medicinal plant. Essential and fatty oils from berries and herbal leaves contain active substances which include pinene and cineole.
Significant quantities of vitamin A in bay leaves contributes to a better mind, maintenance and protection of the mucous membranes and skin, and helps reduce the risk of lung and oral cavities. Tea made from bay leaves encourages appetite and digestion, helps calm nausea and alleviates ulcers, cramps and bloating.
The essential oil in bay leaves can help in the treatment of arthritis, muscle pain, bronchitis and flu.
Bay leaves relaxation
All you have to do to relax with bay leaves is the following. Take some dried bay leaves and place them in a fire proof container, light the bay leaves and leave the room for them to burn. After about ten minutes, the bay leaves will burn out, and the room will be full of incense smoke, creating a special atmosphere.
The Bay leaves combustion release specific ingredients into the smoke that help in relieving fatigue, and have a relaxing effect.