It was believed by the ancient Greeks and Romans that bay leaves are a sacred plant. This is why the bay leaves have been used over the centuries, because of their medicinal properties.

Symbolically, the name, bay leaves, means honor and glory, so this is why the winners in the Olympiad had a laurel wreath around their heads.

Bay Leaves

Bay Leaves

Therefore, this plant has been highly appreciated in the past, and the appreciation continues today, but because of it’s various benefits.

The bay leaves have diuretic, antioxidant, sedative, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, and bactericide properties.

And in addition to this,when it is combined with the berries from the plant, a medication for stomach flu, hysteria or neurasthenia is created.

The main substances of the bay leaves are the cineol and the pinene. The bay leaves also create soothing properties, because of the high amounts of essential oil they contain.

It also has extremely powerful psychoactive effects that with no doubt positively affects our mood.

The laurel it contains has such strong psychoactive powers that it has been connected to many myths and legends over the years.

One of them is the legend of the oracle at Delphi, where women took bay leaves and used them for chewing in order to predict the future.

This is of course a mere legend, but there is some truth to it. The compounds which are part of the bay leaves give such a soothing feeling that rushes up and down your body, leaving you in a state of full meditation.

This is why it is used by people who meditate a lot, and you can try to use it too. All you need to do is just take a couple of bay leaves, and put them in an ashtray.

Take one of them out and set it on fire, then put it back in, so that it can burn the other leaves too. Leave the room for a couple of minutes, just first make sure that nothing else can catch fire.

After about 10 minutes or so, enter the room again. The bay leaves should have charred by now, but what you will be left with is numerous fragrances that will provide your body with calmness and relaxation.