Dr. Herzog May 1, 2019


The next read is an excerpt from "The Doctor's Book of Survival Home Remedies", Chapter: Bay Laurel, pages 269-271:

Latin Name: Laurus nobilis

Bay leaves are harvested from the bay laurel plant. You've most likely used bay leaves to season soups and stews. But this herb gives you more urgent reasons to include it in your survivalist arsenal. Besides being historically relevant, this multi-purpose plant has a host of medicinal uses from pain control to increasing mindfulness.

The bay laurel plant is an evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean region. Used to make laurel wreaths in ancient Greece and Rome, the leaves became symbols of honor and status. Laurel wreaths were bestowed to great poets, philosophers and athletes of the time. Even today, some colleges still crown graduates with a laurel wreath as a sign of their achievements.

Bay leaves were also believed to bring happiness and greater spiritual awareness. What's more, placing bay leaves under your pillow at night is said to bring creative inspiration. Setting honor and creative pursuits aside, bay laurel has also been used as food and medicine for thousands of years.

The ancient Roman naturalist known as Pliny the Elder stated that bay leaves could be used to treat a range of conditions, including paralysis, spasms, sciatica, bruises, headaches, and rheumatism. Modern science has added to this list, proving that bay leaves have some very potent medicinal properties. So let's dig in.


A 2017 study discovered that bay leaves contain 55 different chemical compounds. These natural chemicals give bay leaves some impressive capabilities. For example, a study published in Phytotherapy Research found that bay leaf oil was as effective as morphine for pain control. Another study revealed that bay leaf extract assisted with wound healing in rats.

Bay leaves are an invaluable resource to have on hand to make home remedies. Research has shown that bay leaves can help with the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Bacterial or fungal infections
  • Cancer
  • Dandruff
  • High blood sugar
  • High cholesterol
  • Inflammation
  • Intestinal bloating and gas
  • Pain
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Wounds


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