Bay Leaves… any uses other than stew?

viridianherbalist

One of the features of my new garden is a number of formally clipped Bay trees.   They provide beautiful evergreen structure in the borders, but are also useful in the kitchen.  The only think I know they can be used for is as a flavour in stews, but according to my research, Bay is actually really useful in herbalism as well.

Bay trees

Laurus nobilis is also known as Sweet Bay and True Laurel.  If you have ever seen the sculptures of the ancient rulers with leaves on their heads in a crown shape, they were made of Bay.  These crowns were not just for kings but for heroes as well.  Apparently Delphic priestesses also made use of bay leaves.  Not being a priestess of much, I am interested in more down to earth uses.

Bay berry

Oil of Bay, which is a fixed oil expressed from the berries of the Bay, is…

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