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Bay Leaf / Lauris nobilis

Bay Leaf: Details, Properties, Effects






Folk / Common Names:

Baie, Bay Laurel,Bay Tree,Daphne, Greecian Laurel, Laurel, Laurierd'Appolon, Laurier Sauce, Lor - beer , Noble Laurel, Roman Laurel, Sweet Bay


Antiseptic, Abortifacient, Appetiser, anti arthritic , Aromatic , Astringent,Carminative, anti Cancer, Anti Rheumatic Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Emetic [ in large doses ], Emmenagogue, Narcotic, Parasiticide , stomachic, stimulant

Part(s) Used:

The Leaf


Contains up to 3 % volatile oil (comprising of 30 - 50 % cineole, linalool, alpha - pinene, alpha- terpineol, geraniol, eugenol, terpenes ) acetate , mucilage, tannin, resin.


The bay Leaf has been used in many European cultures for centuries as an aid to digestion and in the treatment of bronchitis and influenza. It has also been used to treat various types of cancer. It is settling to the stomach and has a tonic effect, stimulating the appetite and the secretion of digestive juices. The leaves used in cooking assist in the break down of heavy foods, and aid with digestion and absorption of food. The fruit has also been used in making carminative medicines and was used in the past to promote abortion.The essential oil from the fruit is used externally to treat sprains, bruises etc, and is sometimes used as ear drops to relieve pain. The essential oil from the leaves has narcotic, antibacterial and fungicidal properties. The leaves make a nice addition to chai mixes . A decoction of the leaves added to a bath will help ease aching limbs.

Majikal Uses:

Use in clairvoyance and wisdom brews.Placed under the pillow for prophetic dreams . Used for protection and purification . A sprig of Bay can be used to sprinkle water around the home to cleanse it and protect it. To ensure love will stay , the couple should break a twig of Bay from the tree and keep half each . It gives strength to those engaged in sports .


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