Bay Leaves Can Do Much More Than Just Add Flavor to Your Meal

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Source: Bored Panda

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Most people have this common spice in their kitchen, but did you know it could do a lot more than just add flavor to your meal?

People have been using bay leaves outside of the kitchen for hundreds of years. Besides flavoring your meal, bay leaves are known to help improve digestion and gastric ulcers. The typical kitchen spice can also be used to treat aches and arthritis.

If you are someone who is anxious or stressed out, bay leaves can be your best friend. Just light a bay leaf in a jar and let the aroma fill up the room. The smell and essential oils that are released from the spice is known to enhance relaxation.

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Bay leaves have had a significant role in history as well. In ancient Greek culture, the leaves were “believed to hold great psychic significance,” shared Bored Panda. If an individual were given a crown of the golden leaves, it was considered a great and high honor. The significance of the leaves still applies to current day.

Source: Bored Panda

Source: Bored Panda

People still believe in the power of the leaves and still use them to predict the future. A common use for the leaf today is to write a wish on one side and then burn it to release the wish.

Source: Bored Panda

Source: Bored Panda

Even if you don’t believe in magic, who knew this everyday kitchen spice contained so many benefits??

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