(Laurus nobilis) is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a stately, fragrant tree growing near the coast. The leaves are dark green and rather glossy and when dried are thin. The bay leave has been highly regarded for thousands of years.
The bay leave has an ancient tradition that is beneficial to health and happiness of humans. It gives strength and tone to the digestive area. The bay oil is helpful for sprains, bruises, and skin rashes. Studies have said that it is a antibacterial and a fungicidal.
Bay leaves have a strong aroma and flavor. It is spicy a bit like pine, nutmeg, and pepper. The leaves are used for cooking meats, stews, and soups. Use sparingly for it can over power your dish.