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Bay leaf: Herbs and Incense

The Bay leaf also known as Bay Laurel or Laurel tree is an amazing leaf with an array of properties. In this post, the history of the bay leaf will be discussed, followed by properties and magickal uses. The post ends with a free correspondence sheet to download. Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. For more information about what this means, please click here

The history of the Bay Leaf

Bay trees as they were originally known originated in Asia but then spread to the Mediterranean where they were named Laurel trees. The Laurel wreath has long been a symbol of victory and success and this stems back to the Ancient Greeks and the god Appollo. Even today there is a large association between a laurel wreath and being victorious.

Bay leaves are widely available as they are often used in cooking so you can probably even purchase them at the supermarket. Although they are safe to eat, it is not recommended that you eat a whole leaf as the texture is sharp and leathery and they can get stuck in your digestive tract and cause complications to your health. Instead, they are used in soups and stews for flavour and then removed before serving the dish. 

Along with being available as leaves, you can also purchase bay oil

Bay leaf properties

  • Used in teas for digestive conditions, such as IBS.
  • Added to balms for respiratory conditions such as coughs, asthma and bronchitis. 
  • Said to aid memory 
  • Suggested that when burned could help protect against cancer
  • May help to manage diabetes

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Magickal uses

Bay is linked to the Fire element and the Sun. The corresponding Zodiac sign is Leo and the associated chakras are the solar plexus and the third eye. Bay is also linked to Imbolc and Litha on the Pagan wheel of the year. In magick, Bay leaf is linked to love, wishes, victory, creativity, prosperity, banishing, protection, and healing magick. 

Practical ways to use Bay leaf in magick

  • Write your wish on a bay leaf and burn it, to manifest your wishes.
  • Wear it as an amulet to protect you from negativity. 
  • Smudge with bay leaves to cleanse and protect your home. 
  • Write the things you want to eliminate on a bay leaf and burn in banishing spells
  • Sleep with a bay leaf under your pillow for prophetic dreams. 
  • Use in spell jars and bags for magic concerning; creativity, protection, love, prosperity, success, and healing. 

Free correspondence sheet

To get your hands on a bay leaf correspondence sheet, simply use the sign up form below. You will receive an email asking you to confirm your details and then you can access the free download. 


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