Bay leaf was popularly known as the tamalpattra (dark leaf in Sanskrit). It is often known as tejpatta in contemporary Hindi language. It is used as a spicy and aromatic addition in meals of every household of India. It is used in food, lotion, massage oil, compress etc.
Bay oil was very popular with the Romans, who thought that the herb was symbolic of wisdom, peace and protection. The Latin `Laudis` means `to praise", which is why the victors at the Olympic games were presented with a laurel (bay) wreath.
In the past, bay leaves were distilled with rum and the "bay-rum" so obtained was a famous hair tonic and body rub for colds and muscle pains .
Origins Of Bay
Bay grows wild in the West Indies and Venezuela Under myrtle family. It is grown in Europe under laurel family.
Properties of Bay Oil
It is stimulant, expectorant, antiseptic, antibiotic, antispasmodic, astringent, Emmenagogue, febrifuge, insecticide, sedative, stomachic, sudorific, tonic analgesic, carminative, and anti neuralgic with fresh, spicy and sweet aroma.
Most Common Uses:
Good general tonic.
Strong pulmonary antiseptic, good for colds, influenza, bronchitis, sinusitis and pneumonia.
Uplifts people who tend to be depressive or lack stamina.
Good for the hair.
Mixes well with: lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary, petitgrain, geranium, citronella, cinnamon and ylang ylang.
Warning: in excess, can cause cramping.