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      Laurel

      Laurel is very known as an aromatic herb in order to give flavor to meat and sauces. In the Italian region Emilia Romagna it is produces the liquor “Laurino”, which is gained form the laurel leaves. Greeks considered it a holy plant and symbol of victory, triumph and supremacy. The winner of Olympics games were crown with laurel leaves. According to a Greek legend, Apollo made an attempt on the nymph Daphne , who wanted to escape from him and therefore transformed in a laurel. Apollo declared this plant holy and introduced it to the ceremonies which he considered holy.

      The word “degree” (laurea in Italian) comes from Laurel, then in the Middle Age and in the Renaissance the best scholars were crowned with this plant. From Laurel it is also gained the essential oil which is effective to cure rheumatism, respiratory problems or muscle tears; furthermore it calms down fever and sweating. The laurel gives also the following benefits as infusions, decoctions, benefits form infusions and for meteorism, lack of appetite, gastric pains, colds, rheum, sprains, distortions, insomnia, indigestions, sweating on feet and hands. In ancient times the berries of Laurel were used to produce soap and they are still used in England in order to flavor some variety beer. If you add a fist of leaves to bath water it will give relieve to redness of skin and rheumatic pain.
      The laurel bath is also a cure-all after a day of stress and the leaves of laurel can be used even as an anti - moth product. The laurel is rich in vitamin A and C, calico, potassium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus. This is a very effective home- made remedy against insomnia; it seems that Guilio Cesare used it in order to sleep his enemies. You prepare it like that: cut a laurel leave in a boiling cup of water, let it boil and leave it on for 5 minutes in infusion. Let it cool down, filter it and put some honey to sweeten it.