Bay leaves have been extremely popular for thousands of years, due to their potent anti-inflammatory properties, as well as their ability to support digestion and improve the respiration.
Additionally, they add strong flavor to food, after simmering for an hour, because of their bitter taste.
Yet, since the modern world leaves so little time for us all, probably most of you will think that an hour of waiting is something you can hardly afford. There is however another way to reap the amazing benefits of these leaves- by burning them!
In this method, you will accelerate the release of their active compounds from burning and the inhalation of the smell will provide numerous health benefits.
We will now reveal the two most important ones:
Bay leaves include extremely potent anti-inflammatory compounds, known as myrcene and eugenol, which provide great effects in reducing stress. They become airborne when the bay leaf is burned, and thus relieve respiratory inflammations, treat colds and prevent allergies.
Another important compound of bay leaves is linalool, which improves social interaction and reduces anxiety, as found in a study by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
Linalool starts acting within ten minutes of smelling the burning leaf. This has also been reported to have a mild psychedelic effect. Bay leaves quickly release their beneficial compounds if burnt properly.
You should place a dried bay leaf in an ashtray, set it on fire, and leave the room and close the door. The useful smell will fill the room, and you should return in a few minutes. Then, blow out the embers and start inhaling deeply.
Source: David Wolfe
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