Natural herbs and plants are actually more beneficial to be used in the house, not only for the cooking part, but also other functions. The best part of using natural things is that most of them are not harmful to humans and pets, and can be used without any restrictions. One of such natural herbs and condiments is the bay leaf. These are used in preparing food in almost every Indian household and are full of health benefits. But you will be surprised to know an unknown use of bay leaves, which can benefit you in a completely different way.
Basic Information about bay leaves
Bay leaves are fresh or dried leaves that are used in cooking, mostly in the Indian subcontinent food. It mostly provides the food with a sweet aroma and taste. It is also known by the name of bay-laurel and it is deemed to be the tree of the Sun God and comes under the Sunsign LEO. The tree of bay leaves can grow to 30 feet in length and is an evergreen plant belonging to family of Lauraceae, in the genus; Laurus. The leaves are usually dried and stored for months on end, and can be used in many cuisines. Apart from being used in cooking, it also has many health benefits, some of which are listed below:
Greeks and Romans believed that the herb symbolized wisdom, peace and protection.
It contains a-pinene, ß-pinene, myrcene, limonene, linalool, methyl chavicol, neral, a-terpineol, geranyl acetate, eugenol, and chavicol; compounds that have anti-septic, antioxidant and digestive properties.
Fresh leaves are full of Vitamin C, which helps in removing harmful free radicals from the body. It also contains lots of folic acid, which is needed for DNA synthesis and is an important acid that helps in pre-conception period for babies.
Why should you burn bay leaf in your home?
Bay leaves are perfect for keeping cockroaches away from your homes. All you need to do is burn a bay leaf inside your house and the strong aroma of the leaf will not only drive the cockroaches out of the house, but also kill them. The best thing about this is that the smoke that comes out of the burning bay leaf is completely safe for the kids and pets in the house. Just make sure that the smoke of the bay leaves should reach every nook and corner of the house.