Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
Laurel Tree is said to have been grown since early times of mankind. Asia Minor is said to be the place of Bay Leaf origin where it spread to the Mediterranean regions with a similar climate.
Bay laurel was used to fashion the laurel wreath of ancient Greece, a symbol of highest status. Roman emperors used it as a sign of victory. In the Bible, the laurel is often an emblem of prosperity and fame. Held high as the Sun God in Astrology, Bay laurel tree and its leaves have been related to wisdom, protection and peace since the primeval times, where the wise King was honored with the garland made of Bay leaves. This is mainly due to the positive emotional benefits of Bay leaves that aid in treating anxiety, stress and insomnia.
Celebrated as an aromatic culinary spice all over the world, Bay leaf is one among the most important ingredient of the garam masala and the authentic Biriyani, the much relished dish of the world from the Mughal Empire.
Apart from it's culinary use, it has medicinal properties and is known for anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and astringent qualities.
The leaves of the Laurus Nobilis tree, also known as Sweet Laurel, have been used since the ancient times to treat problems associated with the liver, stomach, kidney, coughs, colds, fever, pain and the list goes on.
Being rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, bay leaf offers various benefits to your skin and has been used in herbal medicine for this purpose.
Bay leaf oil is an excellent skin emollient and it can be used for dry skin and dry scalp.
Lastly laurel oil is a main ingredient, and the distinguishing characteristic of Aleppo soap. One of the oldest types of soap along with Castile soap
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