Bay leaf burning has been used a way to relieve stress for centuries. The combination of chemicals (specifically the chemical linalool) in the leaves creates a smoke that, when inhaled, calms the body and mind. People who burn bay leaves regularly note that the smoke puts you in a “psychedelic state,” but it doesn’t make you tired; the smoke can calm your body while simultaneously perking you up.
The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists conducted a recent study that found linalool to greatly reduce anxiety and likewise enhance social interactions between those under the influence of it. The study deduced that subjects felt the leaves effects in under 10 minutes of inhaling fumes.
Since bay leaves put you in a more heightened state of calmness AND awareness, using the leaves as an incense during meditation is said to be especially effective. Frequent users associate bay leaf smoke with a more mindful meditation practice.
This train of thought goes all the way to the ancient Greek story of Apollo and Daphne. Mythology says that Daphne transformed into a bay laurel tree to escape the eager advances of the god Apollo, and the Greeks henceforth associated the leaves of the bay tree with spiritual properties. The leaves have been burned in temples for centuries to help increase focus on prayer and meditation.
If you are trying to establish a meditation practice or perhaps enhance your current one, be sure to try this centuries old effective method to reach a relaxed and mindful state of mind.
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