Oil from bay leaves, applied externally, can be used to help support bruises and joint pain; powdered berries improved the appetite and help reduced fever. Added to bath water, the leaves supported aches and pains. Bay was also regarded as a potent antiseptic.
Bay leaves were mainly used to flavour soups, stews and sauces. As an evergreen they can be used for cooking at any time of the year.
Native to the Mediterranean region, bay was dedicated to Apollo and to his son, Aesculapius, the god of health. In ancient Greece and Rome a crowning wreath of laurel leaves was used to honour heroes, and poets (hence the title "poet laureate"). During the Middle Ages bay can be used as a strewing herb, valued not only for its scent but also as an insect repellant.
Apply Bianca Rosa cream morning and evenings, or as directed by a health care practitioner. On a moist cotton wool pad or with the fingertips, apply to the desired area of the body. Massage onto thoroughly cleansed skin with a gentle circular motion.