Have you ever stepped inside a new age book shop or yoga studio? These places may have a unique smell.
In fact, many of these places practice smudging on a regular basis. Smudging is actually a Native American tradition, which uses the smoke of sacred plants or herbs to purify a place.
Even though the method of smudging is connected to sage, there are many other plants or herbs that can be used.
The Benefits of Burning Bay Leaves
Bay leaves were prized highly by the Ancient Romans and Greeks, who thought that the herb symbolizes protection, peace, and wisdom.
They have an elaborate history dating back thousands of years. In addition, these leaves are not only used in fairytales and food, but they are also often used as an amazing fragrance ingredient in lotions, creams, soaps, detergents, and perfumes.
Moreover, the bay leaf has been used as a sacred method for cleansing one’s space and relieving anxiety, stress, and unpleasant energy. Furthermore, ancient temples burned bay leaves to purify the space and heighten a person’s intuitive powers.
The method of burning bay leaves offers various benefits, including alleviating fatigue, anxiety, stress, and respiratory discomforts.
Health Benefits of Bay Leaves
Bay leaves have analgesic, anticonvulsant, sedative and anti-inflammatory properties. What’s more, they also have strong antifungal and antibacterial effects and can decrease heart rate as well as blood pressure levels. They are commonly used to improve mood, and fight chronic stress, anxiety, and insomnia.
As a culinary herb, bay leaves can help regulate cholesterol and blood glucose levels in diabetics as well as prevent the formation of kidney stones. If consumed as a tea, bay leaf may prevent the spread and growth Leukemia and induce cancer cell death in many other types of cancer.
Here Is How to Use Them:
You can use them in cooking to get all these benefits. But, you should remove them before serving, because they may be a chocking hazard.
Moreover, in case you are in a bad mood or if you experience anxiety or stress, you can burn 1-2 bay leaves in an aluminum baking tray in your home or office. Then, allow it to act for about 10 minutes. You should close the windows since a breeze may knock it over, and keep it away from anything flammable such as linens, wood, or paper. Also, you should not burn it under a smoke detector.
Furthermore, when you come back inside, the smoke of this sacred herb will definitely relax your muscles and mind. Plus, you will be able to focus on your task or everyday activities with ease. Finally, simply dispose of the ashes outside.
- Alexander, Jane. ˮThe Smudging and Blessings Book: Inspirational Rituals to Cleanse and Healˮ;
- Pursell, JJ. ˮThe Herbal Apothecary: 100 Medicinal Herbs and How to Use Themˮ;