G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Fire
Magical attributes: wisdom, protection, psychic powers, banishes negative energy.
Uses: DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY-use as a poultice on chest for bronchitis and chest colds.
Purification, house and business blessing, and clearing confusion.
Keep potted plant to protect home from lightning.
Place in a dream pillow for sound sleep and to induce prophetic dreams.
Also Called: Bay, Sweet Laurel, Sweet Bay, True Laurel, Lorbeer, Noble Laurel, Baie, Daphne
The bay tree has a long history of folk use in the treatment of many ailments, particularly as an aid to digestion and in the treatment of bronchitis and influenza.
It has also been used to treat various types of cancer.
The leaves are antiseptic, aromatic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emetic in large doses, emmenagogue, narcotic, parasiticide, stimulant and stomachic.
The fruit is antiseptic, aromatic, digestive, narcotic and stimulant.
An infusion has been used to improve the appetite and as an emmenagogue.
The fruit has also been used in making carminative medicines and was used in the past to promote abortion.
A fixed oil from the fruit is used externally to treat sprains, bruises etc, and is sometimes used as ear drops to relieve pain.
The essential oil from the leaves has narcotic, antibacterial and fungicidal properties.