Sweet bay laurel is a small tree or fragrant shrub that has been praised for its impressive health benefits. It is important to know that there are many different types of laurel bushes and trees.
So, you should identify the edible or herbal variety before using it as a natural remedy. Namely, sweet bay laurel is grown as a garden herb for its fragrant, spicy leaves, which are used in dried or fresh form as an aromatic herb.
Here Are the Therapeutic Effects of Laurel:
Laurel leaves, also known as bay leaves, possess several active components, such as geranyl acetate, limonene, linalool, methyl chavicol, neral, a-terpineol, chavicol and eugenol.
In addition, these compounds act as powerful antiseptic and antioxidant agents. They also have digestive-enhancing and anti-cancer properties.
Furthermore, laurel also has antispasmodic, expectorant, and carminative properties.
It is used topically as allergen and rubefacient because of its essential oil content that also acts as an effective insect repellent and antimicrobial agent. It is also used topically to fight sinusitis, inflammatory osteoarthritis, pharyngitis, and stomatitis.
Moreover, the medicinal properties of this natural remedy are highly valued by older people that use it to alleviate muscle aches, and joint pain related to arthritis and rheumatism. It is also used in the treatment of asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, bloating, gastrointestinal spasms, hyposecretion dyspepsia, and anorexia.
Other Health Benefits of Laurel:
- Boosts your immune system immune system
- Helps treat varicose veins
- Alleviates joint pain
- Helps reduce anxiety
- Detoxifies your colon
- Induces sweating
Homemade Laurel Oil Recipe
- 250 ml of extra-virgin olive oil
- 30 g of bay leaves
- Start by mashing the bay leaves and then add the olive oil.
- Transfer it into a pitcher bottle, close it tightly, and store it in a dark place for 2 weeks.
- You should shake the bottle occasionally.
- After 14 days, use cheesecloth to strain it.
- Store the oil in another bottle in a cool place.
How to Use the Laurel Oil:
Apply it topically to resolve pores and treat skin problems on your face.
You can also apply it topically to soothe abdominal pain and stomach pain.
To relieve headaches, you should rub the oil into your temples.
You can also use it to improve your hepatic and renal function.
To alleviate joint pain, apply some lightly warmed oil to the affected area.
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