Laurel benefits: aromatic plant with therapeutic and cosmetic properties
The laurel plant is one of the plants mainly used to create fence hedges in gardens and parks, because it is a very resistant and typically Mediterranean plant. In fact, laurel does not require much care. Being used mainly in the kitchen for its aromatic properties and in gardens for hedges, it is often little used for medicinal purposes. Yet its properties are innumerable.
Laurel or Laurus nobilis: aromatic herb with great beneficial and cosmetic properties
The Laurel plant reminds us of ancient times, when it was used to crown the leader of the winners, poets and graduates, who were named after the name of the plant (Laurus) as a symbol of wisdom and glory. It is an aromatic plant widespread in areas with a Mediterranean climate, best known for its uses in the kitchen, where it is mainly used to flavor meat, fish and legumes.
Being an evergreen it does not lose its leaves in winter, thus giving us a green hedge even during the winter months. In summer the plant produces small white flowers that create a good ornamental effect.
Laurel and all its benefits for digestion and breathing
The laurel properties are mainly due to the presence of essential oils such as cineol, pinene, linalool, terpineol.
Fresh leaves contain vitamin C , folic acid, vitamin A and B vitamins (niacin and riboflanin). They are a good source of minerals such as potassium , copper, calcium , manganese, iron, zinc and magnesium.
Both the leaves and the berries are used in the laurel. The leaves can be harvested all year round but the young leaves have a higher content of active ingredients. The berries are harvested in autumn and are dried and powdered.
For the digestive system:
The essential oils contained in the leaves, above all cineole and eugenol, have a protective effect on the liver and help reduce intestinal gases and flatulence.
They also stimulate the appetite, facilitate digestion, prevent stomach acid and intestinal spasms, strengthen the stomach. They act as an activator of bowel movement.
For the respiratory system:
Bay berries are effective in fighting the symptoms of flu, colds and fat cough. They contribute to the expulsion of mucus from the respiratory tract.
By containing bactericidal substances, the bay is able to counteract phlegm and relieve bronchitis and pharyngitis.
Other uses: dilatory abilities on arterial vessels and help in fighting pain
Laurel is used to regulate the menstrual cycle and combat pain. It is also used to eliminate excess fluid in the body.
The laurel has dilator properties on the arterial vessels, especially on the coronary arteries and is therefore used in case of both cardiac and respiratory angina.
The aromatic essences of the laurel are used for foot baths, stimulating baths and very often they are used in the cosmetic industry for the preparation of deodorants, creams and air fresheners.
4 uses of laurel and its beneficial properties
- Infusion of leaves
To be taken after meals in case of aerophagia, nervous dyspepsias, convalescence, catarrhal forms, bronchitis and influences.
- Infusion of berries
It is indicated for circulatory disorders, preventive of sclerotic processes (arteriosclerosis, rheumatism, arthrosis)
- Decoction of berries
Used as a foot bath against summer sweats or as a revitalizing bath Applied in warm compresses on the forehead, it is used to fight sinusitis, abscesses and neuralgia.
- Laurel oil
It is obtained from the maceration of the berries in olive oil and is useful for anti-rheumatic massages, muscle cramps, muscular contractions and fatigue. The laurel leaves are also used to make an excellent liqueur, the Laurino, with digestive properties.