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Bay Leaf, Whole (Organic)

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Element: Fire
Planet: Sun

Bulk Herbs: Bay Leaf, Whole, Organic
Laurus nobilis

Format: Whole leaves
Size: 1 oz package

Also Known as: Laurus nobilis. Identified in specialty cookbooks as sweet laurel, dafni (Greek), lager (Swedish), Laurb*r (Danish), laurier (Dutch), lauro (Italian), lavr (Rusian), yue gui (Mandairin), Baie, Bay Tree, Daphne, Grecian Laurel, Lorbeer, Noble Laurel, Roman Laurel, Sweet Bay and yuht gwai (Cantonese).

Farming Type: Organic
Origin: Turkey

The leaf of the bay laurel, a native shrub of the lands surrounding the northern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean, has a mythic history. Ancient mythology recounts that Apollo pursued the uninterested nymph Daphne. Apollo stalked Daphne until the gods granted her protection by turning her into a bay tree. In the Greek language, the herb is still called "dafni." At the Temple of Delphi, which is dedicated to Apollo, the priestesses would eat bay leaves before diving the future. Because bay leaves are mildly narcotic, this may have helped induce the trance state. Even the roof of the temple was thatched bay leaves. This roofing not only served as a sunscreen, but protection from lightning, disease, and evil spirits.

Romans considered the bay tree the best protection from thunderstorms, and Nero believed that bay trees purified "vapors" thought to cause disease. As recently as the beginnings of the American era, superstition held that when bay trees died, disaster followed. The greatest commercial production of bay leaf today is in Turkey. Bay laurels do not withstand heavy frost but require hot, dry summers for production of concentrated essential oils. In the US, the plant is best suited to interior southern California, although smaller specimens can survive as far north as Oregon. The bay leaf from California is oilier and more pungent than Turkish bay leaf. .

Culpepper's Complete Herbal recommended bay leaf oil for pimples and "all manner of griefs and pain proceeding from wind." A more modern medical application of the herb would be increasing insulin sensitivity, lowering blood sugars, and retarding weight gain, used as one of many similar herbs, including cinnamon, cloves, and turmeric. The Greeks and Romans crowned victors with wreaths of laurel. The term baccalaureate means laurel berry, and refers to the ancient practice of honoring scholars and poets with garlands from the bay laurel tree. Ever since humans have been using bay leaves, they have been associated with good luck, and warding off evil.

In Magick, Bay Laurel is used for many different types of magick. It is ruled by the Sun and Fire and is often used in combination with Basil - although it has a much gentler energy. This herb is excellent for all types of divination and can be used to clear your intuitive channel. Also a strong herb for healing magick, its energy works with the body to strengthen the constitution and build up your reserves. In ancient times it was often used to protect the home from evil spirits, with wreaths being hung over doors and windows.

Keywords: Protection, Psychic Powers, Healing, Purification and Strength

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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