Better Health Naturally

by Vicki Moser, CTN

Bay Leaves

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“I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.” Psalm 37:35.  Bay Laurel is another herb that was popular in Bible times.  King David was so taken with the power and beauty of bay laurel tree that he used the aromatic bay wood for paneling his personal rooms and the bay leaves in emblems and motifs to decorate the Temple.

            Bay leaves can be used to flavor meats, fish, poultry, vegetables, soups and stews.  They are used in pickling and vinegar. The essential oil is used for baking and flavoring food products as well as in perfumery.  The fat derived from the fruit has been used in soap making and veterinary medicine.

            The leaves have been twined into wreaths since the ancient Greek and Roman Olympic games and now decorate kitchens for their aromatic and decorative beauty. 

            The essential oil from the fruit has bactericidal and fungicidal properties and historically has been used during times of epidemic to avoid infections.

            In Lebanon bay leaves and berries are extracted to relieve flatulence and act as a stomach tonic.  They also steep bay leaves and berries in brandy in the sun for several days and use the residue, after distillation, as a liniment for rheumatism and sprains.  The distillate acts to stimulate menstrual flow.

            The fruit is used in various preparations and used for facial growths or moles; fibrous tumors of the uterus and liver; hardening of soft tissue in the joints and tumors of the eyes.

 Why not grow a bay tree in your back yard?  They are beautiful, smell wonderful, taste great in soups and may offer you health benefits some day. 


Written by cosmicallybeffudled

October 1, 2007 at 1:55 am

Posted in herbs, nutrition

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  1. Why didn’t you tell me you had your page done?? I will post it right away.


    October 1, 2007 at 9:14 pm

  2. Ami just got it going for me and I am gradually sending her my columns. Thanks for posting it.

    Vicki Moser

    October 1, 2007 at 10:07 pm

  3. thanks for the info! Where does one get bay tree seeds?


    January 15, 2008 at 4:57 pm

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