Ancient mythology recounts that Apollo pursued the uninterested nymph Daphne, stalking her until the gods granted her protection by turning her into a bay tree. In the Greek language, the herb is still called “dafni.” At the Temple of Delphi, which is dedicated to Apollo, the priestesses would eat bay leaves before divining the future. Because bay leaves are mildly narcotic, this may have helped induce the trance state. Even the roof of the temple was thatched bay leaves. This roofing not only served as a sunscreen, but protection from lightning, disease, and evil spirits. You may add bay leaves whole or crumbled to soups and stews, infused as a tea, or added to bath water. They are full of vitamins A, C, magnesium, calcium, manganese, potassium, and iron, and are known to soothe body aches and joint pain, support the immune system through its antibacterial and antifungal properties, and aid in scalp health.
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