Bay leaves have been considered as a sacred plant by the ancient Greeks and Romans, and have been used in alternative medicine for millennia.
The winner of the Olympiad wore a laurel wreath on his head, which symbolized honor and glory. This just shows how much laurel was important in the past, and there must be a good reason for this. Although we now use it primarily as a spice, the healing properties of many natural products such as laurel and its berries have been well-known for a long time. The active ingredients in the herb are pinene and cineol, and it also contains essential oils which have a soothing effect. Laurel has psychoactive substances which are released when chewed which have been described in myths and legends such as the one about the oracle at Delphi, where bay leaves were being chewed in order to see the future.
The essential oils in laurel have a soothing effect on your body and mind when burned. Just light a single bay leaf in an ashtray and leave it to burn for 10 minutes. Afterwards, the room will be full of soothing and appealing scents.
Laurel has antirheumatic, antiseptic, diuretic, sedative and antioxidant properties. It can improve your mood, and the leaves and berries of the plant can also treat hysteria, neurasthenia and stomach flu.