Bay leaves are commonly used for seasoning in cuisines around the world. However, they are more than just a spice – the leaves possess numerous health benefits as well and can be used to prepare a potent medicinal oil that can treat numerous ailments. Here are the main health benefits of bay leaves:
- Treat digestive problems;
- Strengthen the immune system;
- Boost focus and mental performance;
- Treat joint pain and varicose veins;
- Relieve stomachache.
Here’s how to prepare and use the bay leaves oil:
- 30 gr. of bay leaves
- 250 ml. olive oil
Crush the leaves in a pestle first until they release the oily substance, then leave them to dry. Once they’re dry, pour the olive oil over them and transfer the mixture to a glass jar for 2 weeks in a dark and cool place. After 2 weeks, change the leaves again, then repeat the process for another 2 weeks. Strain the mixture through a gauze and keep the liquid in a glass bottle or jar.
The oil can be used to relieve pain on any part of the body – you just need to warm it up a bit before use. Once warm, rub the oil on the affected area and the pain will quickly subdue. Many people use the oil against earaches and headaches – just rub some of it on your temples and the pain will stop soon.
Rubbing the oil on your stomach can relieve stomachache and resolve numerous digestive problems, while also improving your appetite. The bay leaves oil can regulate your kidney and hepatic function and treat most skin problems as well. Try it yourself and you will be amazed by the results!