Features: Bay laurel is the true laurel of Greek and Roman
mythology. A poet laureate is an accomplished poet, and the
Roman poet, Ovid, retold the story of the Greek nymph, Daphne,
who was transformed into a laurel tree by her father, Peneus,
so that she could avoid the amorous pursuit of the god, Apollo.
(Cupid had shot an arrow into the fair maiden's heart so that
she would not love Apollo.) Thereafter, Apollo wore a wreath of
laurel to show his love for Daphne. Laurel has always
symbolized victory and merit, and a baccalaureate (baca lauri,
Latin for "laurel berry") still is a symbol of accomplishment.
Bay laurel has been credited with magical properties, like
protecting from witches, the devil and lightning.
The leaves and berries of bay laurel contain the essential oils eugenol, cineol and geraniol, which account for the distinctive spicy aroma. Infusions are reputed to soothe the stomach and relieve flatulence. An oil pressed from the berries was once a popular liniment for arthritis and sore muscles, and still is used in perfumes, candles and soaps.
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