The laurel is known worldwide as a symbol of victory and peace, it evokes strength and success. In addition to these symbolic connotations, this shrub can be used in cooking as a condiment, but the most amazing thing is its health benefits.
Its scientific name is Laurus nobilis, and not to be confused with garden laurel Nerium oleander which is toxic. Its leaves are similar, but clearly the garden laurel is distinguished by its showy white, fuchsia or pink flowers.
The laurel is very present in the Mediterranean area, but over the years it spread throughout the world and managed to adapt to almost all climates.
It easily reaches 10 m in height and is very easy to grow.
Laurel has antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Laurel infusions are beneficial for the digestive processes because they have antispasmodic and stimulating properties.
The leaves are rich in carbohydrates and dietary fibers. The laurel has vitamins A, B, C and D as well as minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. Bay leaf contains saturated and unsaturated fats.
Have you ever done foot baths with a decoction of bay leaves? It is very refreshing!
There are countless advantages of this aromatic herb that is never lacking in meals. Let us know in more detail all that we can obtain from them.
1) Cheer up: Laurel is very effective in managing stress. The oil contained in its leaves has a calming effect that lowers blood pressure, promotes sleep and relaxes the muscles of the body. To obtain these relaxing effects, bay leaf should be drunk as an infusion or the essential oil used during bathing.
2) Stimulates the appetite: The digestive virtues of laurel are well known. It opens the appetite, fights gastric fermentation and stimulates digestion. It is ideal for those who suffer from heartburn or for those who are usually inappetent.
3) Purify the kidneys: Being a natural diuretic, the leaves of this shrub favor the elimination of toxins by applying their antibacterial properties. Ideal for when urinary infections appear!
4) Toothaches: Gargle with laurel to relieve toothaches. Laurel infusions serve as an analgesic that you must take in the form of an infusion prepared with 100 ml of boiling water and 2 g of bay leaf. Drink after every meal.
5) Relieves the airways: Laurel is a high-ranking bactericide but it is also a good ally to fight fungi. Disinfects the respiratory tract and alleviates coughs, bronchitis, sinusitis and flu states.
6) Relieves joints: In external use, laurel can also provide us with many benefits by applying its anti-inflammatory virtues. The oil can be applied to reduce pain caused by arthritis, rheumatism, bumps and sprains.
To make a home remedy, mix bay leaf essential oil with sweet almond oil or olive oil.
7) Promotes hair:A cold infusion of laurel is ideal for a deep cleansing of the scalp. Bay leaf effectively removes dandruff naturally. Use a cold infusion of bay leaves in the rinse water and you can enjoy shiny and healthy hair like never before.
Other uses of laurel
We have seen some of the main uses of infusions or essential oil of laurel, but we can also apply the wonders of this aromatic herb to other aspects of health not inconsiderable.
- Relieves fatigue.
- Helps fight herpes and canker sores.
- Relieves anxiety, hypersensitivity and lack of confidence.
- The essential oil of laurel is effective in curing mycosis and acne.
- The essential oil of laurel purifies the environment and provides energy.
- Bay leaves keep flies away from your kitchen. Good to know!
- A cup of bay leaf tea a day reduces blood glucose and cholesterol.
- The infusions of bay leaves reduce inflammation of the liver.
- Regulates menstrual flow.
- Helps to detoxify the body after an excess of alcohol.
How to prepare a laurel infusion
To prepare an infusion of bay leaf, add 6 well-washed leaves in 250 ml of water. Place on the fire and when it begins to boil, remove and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Strain the preparation and consume. You can drink between 2 and 3 cups a day.
Contraindications and side effects
It is important to pay attention to the amount that is ingested, since bay leaves can cause drowsiness or affect people who have a sensitive stomach, obviously when consumed in excess.
The consumption of infusions of laurel is contraindicated in pregnant or breastfeeding women.