If you’ve ever been into a yoga studio or new age book shop. You have probably noticed that all these places sometimes have a very particular smell. Consequently, the main reason for this is that many of these locations regularly practice smudging. Which is a Native American tradition that uses the smoke of sacred herbs to purify a room. Namely, this interesting ritual is similar to the act of burning incense.
However, there are other herbs you can use and more concrete benefits you can enjoy.
Why Burn Bay Leaves?
Bay leaves have been famous for millennia: this herb has withstood the test of time whether its incontestable role in Greek and Roman folklore. Or its steady presence in Indian and Caribbean culture and cuisine. On the other hand, besides being used in food and fairytales, these leaves are commonly used as a fragrance ingredient in creams, lotions, perfumes, soaps, and detergents too.
Traditionally, this amazing leaf is used as a sedative, analgesic, anticonvulsant and anti-inflammatory. What is more, the herb has also antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and lowers both blood pressure and heart rate. Likewise, it’s often used to help treat insomnia, chronic stress and to alter mood too.
Furthermore, as a culinary herb, bay leaf can help manage glucose levels and cholesterol levels in people with diabetes and prevent kidney stones . In addition, bay leaf can cause apoptosis in other cancerous cells. Also prevent the growth and spread of Leukemia only when is taken as a tea.
How to Use Bay Leaves?
All you have to do is to make sure you remove the leaves before serving, as they can be a choking hazard. However, you should simply burn a leaf or two in an aluminum baking tray in your room or office. And leave for ten minutes in case you’re feeling stressed or you’re a bad mood too. Also you must make sure that you close the windows (a breeze could knock it over).
Keep the tray away from anything flammable (like paper, wood, or linens) and make sure you’re not burning it under a smoke detector. Additionally, 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 of the ashes outside.