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Bay Laurel

Common Name: bay laurel
Botanical Name: Laurus nobilis
Native Range: Northern Africa, Western Asia, Southern Europe

A description of the use of bay laurel in De Materia Medica by Pedanius Dioscorides, c. 50-70 AD:

One type of laurel is narrow-leaved, the other broad-leaved. Warming and softening are both; Therefore, their decoction is suitable for sitz baths for uterine and bladder disorders. The green leaves adstring gently, grated and hung up heal wasp and bee stings. They can also relieve any inflammation when handled with barley groats and bread, but drunk they complain the stomach and provoke vomiting. The fruits (laurels) are more warming than the leaves; they therefore work well in the leak with honey or sweet wine in phthisis and orthopnea, and rheumatism of the breast. With wine they are drunk against scorpion sting, they also eliminate the white patches of skin. The squeezed juice helps with earache and hearing loss, when it is drizzled with old wine and rose oil. It is also mixed with ointments and warming and distributing envelopes. But the bark of the root smashes the stone and kills the fruit; it is also salutary to the liver sufferers when it is drunk in the gift of three Obolen with spiced wine.

Last updated: 1/3/2020