If you have been in a new age bookshop or a studio for yoga practice, you probably noticed the very interesting smell inside. Some of the places like this use smudge. This is a tradition of the Native American people to clean the room thanks to the smoke of the sacred herb.
This is similar like you burn incense. The practices of smudge are connected to sage, however there are some other plants that can you use for your enjoyment.
Why you should burn the bay leaves?
The bay leaf has been part of the legends for centuries. They had a significant role in the Roman and Greek folklore and also a steady presence in the Caribbean and Indian cuisine and culture.
The bay leaves are not only used in fairytales and food, they are also used as fragrance ingredient in detergent, soap, perfume, lotion, cream.
The bay leaves have anti inflammatory, anticonvulsant, analgesic, antibacterial, anti fungal and sedative properties. The herb also lowers the heart rate and the blood pressure. It is frequently used in the treatment of chronic stress, insomnia and to change the mood.
The herb also helps to manage the levels of glucose and cholesterol in people who suffer from diabetes and it is also preventing kidney stones.
If you drink it as tea, this herb prevents the growing and the spreading of Leukemia.
How you should use the bay leaves?
Of course, you can add it to when you cook and you will get all the useful properties. However, be sure that you removed the leaves before you serve it because they can be hazard.
Moreover, if you are nervous and depressed, you can burn a few leaves in aluminum baking tray and leave this for 10 minutes. You should close the window and do not do this close to a smoke detector.
When you are going to return inside the room or the office, it will be easier for you to focus on your work.