Various scents can have powerful effects on the body, and some of them may surprise you.
For example, the aroma of bay laurel relaxes the body, calms the mind, and creates a soothing environment. Even though you may commonly find, and use, this leaf in the kitchen, it has several other applications in various areas as well.
There are several medicinal properties found in bay leaves. In fact, bay leaves have been used and valued for thousands of years dating as far back as the ancient Greeks.
They are a potent anti-inflammatory remedy, and they provide soothing properties as well, which can be extremely useful in cases of epilepsy.
Wondrously enough, they can also effectively release constricted airways, help control cholesterol levels, reduce stress levels, treat insomnia, and maintain healthy blood pressure.
If you wish to enjoy the benefits of bay leaves, you can simply place 5 – 10 leaves in a small pot of boiling water, then add them to meals. Also, you can use them as an incense to fill your home with a sweet and soothing aroma. Simply place a few leaves in an incense burner or bowl, and carefully light them. Then, after they have caught, blow them out and let the calming smoke permeate your senses.
Additionally, they are excellent for using as a cockroach repellent. The scent of bay leaves keeps cockroaches away, and they are a safe alternative to toxic chemicals for you, your children and your pets. You can place bay leaves throughout your living space- in the garden or kitchen, or in every corner of the house or garage. You can either use them dried, or fresh from the garden, but for better results, use dried leaves, as their scent is more pungent.