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8954bay leaves in magick

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  • Kiara
    Oct 15, 2011
      ~ Bay Leaves in Magick and Superstition ~

      Laurus nobilis

      No collection of magick herbs would be complete without bay leaves, a
      wonderfully all-purpose herb. This herb is sacred to Apollo, god of healing,
      poetry, music, light, prophecy, and surprisingly, plague. It is sometimes
      called Daphne because of the ancient Greek story featuring Apollo. The nymph
      Daphne was the daughter of the earth, Gaia, and the river, Peneus. She
      admired the goddess Diana and like her, enjoyed the woods and hunting. She
      refused all suitors and wished to remain unmarried, as Diana did. Her father
      supported her in this. Apollo fell in love with her, but she did not want
      him. The more he pursued her, the more she ran from him. When he was about
      to catch her, she asked her father the river for help, and he turned her
      into a bay tree. Apollo said that if he could not have her for his love, he
      would have at least the leaves of the tree to decorate his harp and wear as
      a crown. That's why in ancient times, crowns for military victors were made
      of bay leaves.

      In Magickal Incense & Oils

      Sun herbs like this aren't usually connected to divination, but bay has a
      long association with that art. It was used to roof the Temple at Delphi,
      location of the famous oracle there, and nowadays inhaling the scent of
      these burning leaves is said to help increase psychic ability. Witches often
      stuff dream pillows with bay to help encourage divinatory dreams. This herb
      makes a nice incense when mixed either with white sandalwood (Mercury) or
      with other Sun substances like frankincense or cedar. Because of bay leaves'
      association with love, they are also combined with various other herbs to
      make a handfasting incense, and it is said to attract lovers, especially
      men, probably because of the myth about Daphne. You can make a good oil for
      dressing candles or blessing musical instruments (which are ruled by Apollo)
      by crumpling or grinding the herb and infusing them in Sun-warmed oil
      (sunflower would be a nice Sun oil to use--add a couple drops of vitamin E
      to help preserve it). Bay leaves are protective of the home and person (when
      worn as an amulet). During the waxing moon, wishes can be written on the
      leaves, which are then burned on the Full Moon to empower the wish. In the
      Celtic Wheel of the Year, this herb is associated with Imbolc, celebration
      of midwinter. In the zodiac, it is connected to Leo.

      Non-Magickal Uses

      Soak this herb in orange blossom water and then dry them to add a nice
      muskiness to their fragrance for potpourri. This herb laid in stored food or
      clothing help repel bugs. It is not a good idea to eat it. Chewing it up
      releases essential oils that can burn your mouth. Even when cooking with it,
      remove the leaves before serving the dish flavored with it. This herb is an
      excellent for flavoring savory sauces; one leaf easily flavors the whole

      Bay is also known as laurel, sweet bay, bay tree, baie, Daphne, Grecian
      laurel, laurier d'Apollon, laurier sauce, lorbeer, noble laurel, and Roman
      laurel. It is known as Blue Jay in herbal codes.

      Uses in Witchcraft & Magic

      Love Magic
      Protection Spells
      Wishing Spells
      Sun Herb

      (~Alchemy Works) (c)

      Botanical: Laurus nobilis
      Family: Lauraceae (laurel)
      Other common names: Sweet Laurel, Roman Laurel, Wreath Laurel, Bay Laurel,
      Indian Bay, Daphne, Indian Bay, Sweet Bay, True Laurel

      Bay Leaf is generally associated with home cooking...as well as Greek
      athletes and Roman Emperors. But Bay Leaf also has many properties, which
      make it a useful herb for treating high blood sugar, migraine headaches,
      bacterial and fungal infections and gastric ulcers.
      The information presented herein by Viable Herbal Solutions is intended for
      educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the
      FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.
      Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always
      advisable to consult with your own health care provider.
      History and Uses:
      The Bay tree is indigenous to Asia Minor, from whence it spread to the
      Mediterranean. The Greek word for laurel is dhafni, honoring the myth of
      the nymph Daphne, who was turned into a laurel tree by Gaea. Bay Leaf (or
      laurel) was famed in ancient Greece and Rome. Emperors, heroes, doctors and
      poets wore wreaths of laurel leaves; and triumphant athletes of ancient
      Greece were awarded laurel garlands for their exploits. Doctors wore crowns
      of Bay Leaf, due to the fact that the Greeks believed it was a cure for
      everything from indigestion to nightmares. Bay Leaves are still widely used
      throughout the world. It may be best known as a seasoning for soups, sauces
      and stews, and is an appropriate seasoning for fish, meat and poultry as
      well. Bay Leaf is often used as a garnish and a pickling spice. Grown
      successfully in Mediterranean climates, the Bay is a hardy evergreen shrub
      that grows wild or cultivated. In warm areas it can grow as high as sixty
      feet and may be harvested at any time. Bay Leaf has been used as an herbal
      remedy for headaches, as it contains compounds called parthenolides, which
      have proven useful in the treatment of migraines. Bay Leaf has also been
      shown to help the body process insulin more efficiently, which leads to
      lower blood sugar levels. Moreover, it has also been used to reduce the
      effects of stomach ulcers. Bay Leaf contains eugenol, which has
      anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, and it is also considered an
      antifungal and antibacterial herb. Bay Leaf has also been used to treat
      rheumatism, amenorrhea and colic.
      Ingredients: 100% Bay Leaf Botanical Powder - Our products contain 100% pure
      plant-based/ natural materials using no fillers, grains, yeast, sugars,
      binders, excipients, starches, or synthetic materials.
      Recommended Dosage:
      Take one (1) capsule, one (1) to two (2) times each day with water at
      Bay Leaf is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, nor for those who
      are taking medication for diabetes. As a uterine stimulant, it has been
      called an abortifacient. Although an herb to calm the digestive tract,
      taken in large doses, Bay Leaf is considered an emetic that produces

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