Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Tip: Bay Leaves for Wishes
Write wishes on bay leaves. When you burn them, you release your wish to the universe, asking it if it can accommodate you. A pretty handy and simple spell when you're in need!
Bay leaves date back to Ovid's legend of the Greek god Apollo who fell in love with the nymph Daphne. Affected by Eros's arrow, she wanted nothing to do with Apollo's affections. Desperate, she ran to her father who, in attempt to protect his daughter from the god, turned her into a bay laurel tree. This is why bay offers protection and strength in its spiritual uses.
The Temple of Delphi, dedicated to Apollo, used bay leaves a great deal. The roof was made of bay leaves and priestesses would eat bay before giving their oracles. This may have been aided by bay's slightly narcotic qualities. Thus bay leaves are said to aid with psychic powers, particularly prophetic dreams and clairvoyance.
This herb has a variety of other uses as well. Ingesting bay leaves is said to promote digestion and help with gastric ulcers. Heating the leaves in olive oil creates a salve that relieves muscle aches and arthritis. In addition to its health uses, it's a wonderful bug repellent, particularly for ants and silverfish. It's said to discourage mold as well.
A note of caution to those wanting to scout out naturally-growing bay: some forms of bay are poisonous. The Mountain Laurel is native to the United States. Also, because of its potency, avoid using bay for any natural remedies while pregnant.
And, as always, only do spell work when you have a legitimate need - not just for fun!