If you ever went inside a yoga studio or a new age book store, you have probably noticed that they have a very peculiar scent.

That’s because they regularly practice smudging, which is a Native American tradition that uses sacred herb smoke to purify the rooms. This tradition is similar to burning incense.

And even though smudging is usually associated with sage, you can use other herbs and obtain more benefits.

Why Should You Burn Bay Leaves

Bay leaves have been used for millennia: whether in the Roman and Greek folklore or in the Caribbean and Indian cuisine and culture, this herb withstood the test of time.

However bay leaves are not just used in food, it was commonly used as a scent ingredient in lotions, creams, perfumes, detergents and soaps.

Herbal Benefits

Bay leaf was traditionally used as sedative, anticonvulsant, analgesic and anti-inflammatory herb. Also it has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties and reduces the heart rate and the blood pressure. It’s regularly used as a treatment for insomnia, moodiness and chronic stress.

As a culinary plant, bay leaf can maintain normal glucose and cholesterol levels in those who suffer from diabetes and prevent the formation of kidney stones. Consumed as a tea, bay leaves can prevent Leukemia and lead to apoptosis in other cancer cells.

This is How To Use Bay Leaves

Of course, you can always cook bay leaves to obtain these benefits, but make sure to remove them before serving, since they are choking hazard.

But, if you feel stressed or you are in a bad mood, just burn a bay leaf in an aluminum tray in your room and leave it for 10 minutes. Close the windows (because a breeze may knock it over) keep it away from flammable things (like linens, paper or wood) and don’t burn it under smoke detectors.

When you return inside, its smoke will relax your muscles and mind and you’ll see that it is easier to focus on your tasks. After you’re done, throw out the ashes.