The plant can be applied externally to treat rheumatism, providing rapid relief. Hanging up a twig of aromatic bay leaf makes the air fresh and clean. Fresh or even dried bay leaves provide effective protection against insects. Dried figs and liquorice were wrapped in bay leaves to protect them from the dreaded weevil.
Old articles on medicinal plants describe how the Laurus nobilis was once used as an effective antiseptic. A bay leaf extract in bath water relieves joint and other types of pain.
The bay leaf is also a well-known ingredient in cooking: discover our tasty «potato with bay leaf» (German) recipe now from our recipe author Foodwerk.ch.
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The EGK newsletter (available in german, french and italian) presents an effective medicinal herb every month in its “The world of herbs” section – with an accompanying recipe. EGK has an archive of around 100 medicinal herbs and plants.
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