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The laurel plant

Laurel, or laurel, is a plant with a long history. Its scientific name is Laurus Nobilis; it is a shrub that can grow up to 10 meters in height, becoming a real tree. In fact, it is often used for ornamental purposes. Laurel is widespread throughout the Mediterranean scrub, and there is certain evidence that it was known, and appreciated, even in ancient times. There is an episode from Greek mythology that explains its birth: it seems that the laurel is nothing more than a transformed nymph, Daphne, who wanted to escape the amorous requests of the god Apollo. The plant was therefore sacred to this divinity, which was used to make crowns and wreaths with which to reward the winners of the sports competitions, or the poets of greatest skill. In Rome the laurel wreath was the sign of triumph;

Laurel leaves

The laurel plant is best known for its leaves, which have medicinal properties and can be used to flavor dishes in the kitchen. The laurel has an erect stem and blackish-green bark; it is evergreen and its leaves are oval in shape, give off a strong and distinctive scent, and are a beautiful dark green. The upper page of the leaves is glossy, while the lower one is opaque, and the leaves overall have a rather leathery appearance. In spring, the flowers appear between the leaves, which have a light yellow color and are arranged like an umbrella, at the junction of the branches. At the end of spring, the fruits also appear, which are actually drupes. The laurel berriesthey are round, black and shiny, and inside them contain a single seed. They are produced by female plants, since the laurel is a dioecious species, that is, it has both male and female specimens.

Laurel berries

The aromatic properties of bay leaf are above all known, which means that its leaves are widely used in cooking, especially to give flavor to roast meats. But in reality, laurel is also widely used in the herbal field, since its leaves have many virtues. A herbal tea or an infusion, prepared with bay leaves, are useful for digestion, help fight flu states, and eliminate intestinal gas. Perhaps not everyone knows that laurel berries are also used a lot in herbal medicine, which in turn have many therapeutic virtues. The berries are generally used to make an oil, since they are the part of the plant richest in essential oils, a true concentrate of well-being. Or they are left to dry, and are then shredded to make a powder,

The laurel berries that want to be used in the phytotherapeutic field must be harvested in October, or at the latest in November. The healthier looking ones are chosen, and the more mature ones: then they are placed in a basket, in a cool and ventilated place, and left to dry for at least two or three months, stirring them every now and then to prevent them from rotting or mushrooms. When you feel them lighter, you can keep them in paper bags. Bay laurel berries can be ground into powder; a full teaspoon, taken once a day, helps fight flu states. Or, they can be made into oil. With this oil you can make beneficial compresses and massages to fight arthritis, bruises, or it can also be spread on the chest to combat cough and bronchial infections. Finally,

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