Bay leaves have been used for thousands for years because they contain anti-inflammatory properties and have the ability to support digestion and improve the respiratory system as well.
After simmering for an hour they have even a better taste because if you try them raw, you'll see they have a bitter taste.
You probably think you don't have an hour to spare. However, if you want to reap the wonderful benefits of bay leaves, now you can burn them!
By burning them you accelerate the release of their active compounds, because of the intense fire. The inhalation of the smell provides various health benefits. The two most important are:
Since bay leaves have anti-inflammatory compounds ( mycrene and eugenol ), they provide amazing effects when it comes to reducing stress. After the bay leaf is burned, they become airborne and relieve respiratory inflammations, treat colds, and prevent allergies.
A study by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetics found that the other significant compound of bay leaves is linalool, and it improves social interaction and can reduce anxiety.
Linalool needs ten minutes of smelling the burning leaf in order to start acting. This has been reported to have a mild psychedelic effect. But if you burn them properly, bay leaves quickly release their extremely beneficial compounds.
Just place a dried bay leaf in an ashtray, set it on fire, then leave the room and close the door. The beneficial smell will fill the room, so you can return in a few minutes. After this, blow out the embers and start inhaling deeply.