Do you want the smell of freshness and purity to always be present in your home without the “synthetic” aroma that is the characteristics of industrial refreshers?
Fortunately, there are ways to achieve the desired effect by the natural means. One of them is bay leaf.
Fresh or dried bay leaves are used in cooking for their distinctive flavor and fragrance. The dried green leaves are most commonly used in cooking and many people drop a leaf or two in the pot to simmer along with their food.
But, apart from being used in the kitchen, there are also other ways to reap the power and benefits of bay leaves.
One such way is by burning the bay leaf in order to release the active compounds that are found within the leaves.
These properties can help to fight against bacterial infections, detoxify our bodies, help to treat insomnia, chronic stress and to alter mood, improve cardiac and respiratory health, and even slow down the effects of aging.
Bay leaves Helps to Clear Respiratory System
Bay leaves are a natural remedy that can help to treat clogged respiratory passages and lungs. It acts naturally to remove the nasty mucus and phlegm that’s causing all the problems. Inhaling the vapour has a similar effect to aromatherapy and can loosen up phlegm and eliminate harmful bacteria that may be trapped in the respiratory tracts. This is due to its natural antibacterial quality.
You can also pick up a small vial of bay leaf oil and use it in a humidifier to create a steamy vapor which you then breathe in. Apart from this, you can also rub the bay leaf oil on your chest area to alleviate respiratory problems, allergies, and asthma. (Also read –> Kadha (Decoction Of Herbs And Spices) For Cold and Cough)
Ease Tension, Anxiety, and Fatigue and Help You to Relax
Bay leaves contain compounds such as cineol, pinene, and elemicin that when burned produce a relaxing and energizing effect. These chemicals get released into the air and can be breathed in for the stimulating effects. You will be more relaxed and at ease and your mind will be clearer. At the same time, you will feel more awake and less drowsy. So if you ever feel stressed try burning a bay leaf! Smelling bay leaves for just about 10 minutes can instantly help you feel better.
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Burning Bay leaves may Increase Mindfulness
Since bay leaves put you in a more heightened state of calmness and awareness, using the leaves as incense during meditation is said to be especially effective. There is no medical research on this claim; however, frequent users do associate bay leaf smoke with a more mindful meditation practice.
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How to burn Bay Leaves?
If you’re feeling stressed or you’re in a bad mood, or having clogged respiratory passages, simply burn a leaf or two in an aluminum tray in your room or office and leave for ten minutes.
Make sure you close the windows; keep the tray away from anything flammable (like paper, wood, or linens).
When you come back inside, the smoke of the herb will make your mind and muscles feel more relaxed and you’ll find it easier to focus on your task at hand. When you’re done, dispose the ashes.
In addition, bay leaves are extremely effective in combating various bugs and cockroaches, ants, flies, mosquitoes and moths. Their scent scares them.
It is a completely safe agent for both your children and your pets. You can use both fresh and dried leaves, but for the best effect use dried bay leaves.
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