Bay leaves contains a lot of medical properties. The Arabs call it Musa leafs. Maybe it has somehow been associated with Moses as Musa means Moses in Arabic.
Bay leaves have strong but pleasant smell and are used in cooking for enhancing flavor. Apart from cooking Bay leaves are also used in beauty products. For instance, laurel oil that is used in many beauty soaps is actually obtained from bay leaves.
Laurel has several vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin B, pantothenic acid, niacin and pyridoxine which help to boost body’s natural metabolism.
It also contains minerals like zinc, copper, selenium, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium.
Potassium play an important role to keep the cells healthy. It is also beneficial for the heart. Iron in bay leaves help to improve the quality of blood and reduce anemia.
Edible grade of laurel oil has lots of medicinal properties. For instance it is diuretic and acts as appetizer. It help sooth stomach, reduce flatulence and treat colic pain. Laurel oil is also used for the relief of other illnesses such flu, cold, bronchitis, muscle pain and even arthritis.
Burning bay leaves at home calms down nerves and thus helps to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.