While bay leaves are often found in the spice collections of people from all over the world, these leafy greens offer powerful and healthy benefits when used outside the realm of cooking.
For example: burning bay leaves releases the active compounds found within, which have been found to help kill bacterial infections, detox the body, and improve heart and lung health. They might even slow down the aging process!
Here are a few great benefits that burning bay leaves in your home can provide:
They relieve anxiety, tension and fatigue…
Containing compounds like cineol, pinene, and elemicin, bay leaves fill the air with a relaxed energy. They’ve even been said to produce psychedelic-like effects.
To do this, take your dry bay leaf and light one if its ends on fire. Blow out the fire so that the leaf is still burning, but slowly. Then, set it on a fireproof tray or dish, and let the smoke fill your space (similar to incense).
After burning the bay leaf, you should notice yourself experiencing feelings of relaxation and easiness. Your mind gains clarity, alertness and energy as your stress melts away.
It clears out the respiratory system…
A lesser known benefit of bay leaves are their ability to open up any clogged airways, including in our lungs. It naturally breaks down and gets rid of mucus and phlegm that builds up in our system.
To achieve these effects, do not burn the bay leaf. Instead, soak fresh bay leaves in water, or obtain bay leaf oil, and put it in a humidifier to fill the air with a bay leaf vapor that is safe to breathe in.
It helps fortify cardiovascular health…
Chock-full of caffeic acid, bay leaves promote healthy capillary walls in the heart. Not to mention, caffeic acid also helps rid your body of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), the “bad” kind of cholesterol.
The best way to gain these benefits is by using the bay leaf in your cooking. Mix it in with your meals regularly and you’ll notice a definite boost in your cardiovascular health (via ExpandedConsciousness).