Description: Native to Mediterranean countries, Bay leaf is most commonly used as a culinary herb for flavoring stews, soups, main dishes and pickling. It has a slightly bitter flavor with hints of pepper, pine and menthol. Laurels were regarded by the ancient Greeks and Romans as plants representing nobility, victory and accomplishment and were sacred to the gods Apollo and Asclepius. Historically, Bay leaves have been used for treating aches and pains, and as a tonic for upset stomachs. When used in cooking, it can help break down a heavy meal. Bay Leaves can also be used as insect repellents and are thought to have magical powers. You can write your wishes on a Bay Leaf and burn them as incense in order for your wish to be fulfilled.
Precautions: Do not eat whole due to its tough, sharp edges. Always remove from dishes before serving or strain and discard leaves before consuming as a tea.
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