Healing spice herb – not only for the winner

Herb of the month November

A well known and symbolic medicinal, aromatic and spice plant will be presented in November, the time of reflection and remembrance.

Its botanical name Laurus derives from “laus”, the Latin word for praise. This naming goes back to the Romans of antiquity, who honoured military victors with the plant known and appreciated still today: emperors of that time wore a laurel wreath as a sign of their glory. To this day, the laurel (wreath) literally stands for fame, honour and also for peace and is still awarded, for example, as the highest sporting award (silver laurel leaf).

Many people are interested in the evergreen shrub from subtropical regions, especially in the kitchen. The typical leathery and shiny bay laurel leaves are dried or used fresh for cooked dishes or spicy marinades. Laurel twigs can be used for barbecuing instead of wooden skewers to stick on pieces of fish, meat or vegetables.

As a medicinal plant, its oil is particularly appreciated for rubbing in and treating haematomas, bruises or rheumatic complaints – not only human medicine, but also veterinary medicine likes to use laurel. Also known and popular is the so-called Aleppo soap, which is used with various proportions of laurel oil for skin care, cleansing and/or healing.

As a fragrance component we discover laurel in perfumes or liqueurs and so the eponym for the sports Oscar, the Laureus World Sports Award, once again shows its versatility.

By the way: the vernacular says that a laurel on the doorstep keeps away evil, lightning and thunder. How good that you can find it here at Kräuterberg’l …