BAY

BAY: “Beyond Bug Repellent

Arthritis, Bacteria and Fungi Infections, Cockroach Repellent, Stress Management

Also Known As: Grecian or Roman Laurel, Green Bay, Laurel and Sweet Bay

HISTORY:

The herb bay has been around for centuries and is best know today as a cockroach repellent. It was used by the Romans, English herbalists and Native Americans for a variety of conditions such as arthritis, promotion of menstruation, joint stiffness, headaches, abdominal pains, insect bites, bee stings, skin wounds and urinary disorders.

PREPARATION:

  • First Aid:

Apply fresh crushed leaves directly onto minor cuts and scrapes. Use medium to light pressure. Leaves may be moistened.

  • Infusion:

For a relaxing aromatic sweet tasting infusion, use 1 to 2 teaspoons of crushed leaves per cup of boiling water. Strain before drinking. The leaves are sharp. Drink up to 3 cups a day. Feel free to add 1 to 2 drops of bay oil to tea, brandy or honey.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Bay grows up to 20 feet in the US. It’s leaves are leathery, thick and shiny. Berries are dark purple or black about the size of a grape and contain one seed. They cannot survive in cold weather. Grow them indoors in the winter using moderately rich soil. Leaves may be harvested all year round.

SAFETY:

For medicinal use, be sure to consult with you doctor first. Bay is on the Food and Drug Administration’s list of herbs regarded as generally safe.