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The Bay tree which is an Evergreen is indigenous to Asia Minor, from where it spread to the Mediterranean and then to other countries with similar climates.
According to legend the Delphi oracle chewed Bay Leaves, or sniffed the smoke of burning Leaves to promote her visionary trances. Bay, or Laurel, was famed in ancient Greece and Rome.
Medicinally, the Leaves of the Laurus nobilis tree, also known as Sweet Laurel, have been used since the ancient times to treat problems associated with the liver, stomach and kidney. They were also used for treating bee and wasp stings. Bay Leaves can be added to stews, soups, dhals and curries while they are simmering, and are generally removed before serving.
The energetics and taste of Bay Leaf are astringent, warming, bitter and pungent and bay leaf has an affinity towards the kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, liver, sinuses and lungs. For sinuses or lungs combine Bay leaf with Eucalyptus, Thyme Leaf or Lemon Peel as a steam or tea. For possible kidney gravel combine Bay Leaf with Hydrangea Root, Stone Root or Marshmallow Root.
How to use:
Use for culinary purposes for flavouring or 1 teaspoon of Bay Leaves to one cup of boiling water. Infuse for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Cautions & contraindications:
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.
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