This Plant is the laurel of antiquity, and the Laurus nobilis of Linnaeus. It needs no description, it is so well known.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Bay Tree:

The leaves and bark heal very much, and the berries more than the leaves; the bark of the root is less sharp and hot, but more bitter, and astringent and effectual in dissolving stone, and removing obstructions of the liver, spleen, and other inward parts, which bring the jaundice, dropsy, etcetera. The berries are very effectual against the sting of wasps and bees; and against infectious diseases. They are good for cold and rheumatic distillations from the brain to the eyes, lungs, or other parts; and made into an electuary with honey, they are good in consumption, old coughs, shortness of breath, etcetera. The Bay Tree is useful to expel wind, and provoke urine, and kill worms. The leaves have the same effects. A bath of the decoction of the leaves and berries, is good for female stoppages, for diseases of the bladder, pains in the bowels by wind and stopping of urine. A decoction of equal parts of Bay berries, cummin seed, hyssop, with honey, and the head bathed therewith removes distillations and rheums. The oil made of the berries is useful in affections of the joints, nerves, arteries, stomach, belly, or womb, palsies, convulsions, cramp, and tremblings, by anointing the affected parts. It is excellent for the earache being dropped into the ears. The oil also removes marks on the skin, caused by bruises, falls, etcetera.
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This page and the rest of the encyclopedia of medicinal herbs was reproduced from old herbals written in the 1700 and 1800s. They are of historical interest to show the traditional uses of various herbs based on folk medicine and ancient wisdom. However the traditional uses for these herbs have not been confirmed by medical science and in some cases may actually be dangerous. Do not use the these herbs for any use, medicinal or otherwise, without first consulting a qualified doctor.

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