The laurel leaf is evergreen shrub or low tree with leathery leaves. The leaves are on short stalks, round, oblong and pointed, so that the front side is always evergreen and glossy and the back side is fainter and not so shiny.
The laurel leaf has a taste which is very aromatic, slightly bitter and hot. When rub the leaves usually you can feel aromatic scent. It contains 1 to 3 % essential oils, forest materials and tannins. Laurel leaves are mainly used as a spice.
In folk medicine, laurel leaves are used as perfume but also for oils and salves. It often acts as an antispasmodic and improves digestion and is used at meteorism and hypertension.
The laurel leaves are often used against influenza and chronic bronchitis. Therefore all those who want to see the effectiveness of laurel leaves on their health should make a special recipe, which will help to improve health. Take 5-6 laurel leaves and two lemon slices boil them for five minutes in 400 ml of boiling water. Eave all that covered for 15 minutes, strain and drink three cups a day.
If you want to use laurel leaves against rheumatic fever, then put 20 berries of laurel in one liter of boiling water, boil for 15 minutes, strain and drink three cups a day.
Also, laurel leaves are used against acne. Take about ten laurel leaves and put them in a cup of boiling water and leave the mixture covered for 20 minutes. Then, take two tablespoons of the tea and add two tablespoons of fresh cucumber juice. Smear this mixture on the face and leave it for 15 minutes, then wash it with the remaining tea.
The laurel leaves are used for healthy teeth. Every morning before brushing teeth, chew fresh laurel leaves for 2-3 minutes. Also, if you have pain in your ear, put few drops of laurel leave oil.