If you step into a traditional yoga class or just about any room and have an intense aromatic experience, you are in the midst of the Native American practice of purifying a room using sacred herbs. It is akin to burning incense. Though sage leaves are commonly used for the sacred ritual of smudging, you can also use several herbs, like bay leaves, that are just as relaxing and give equal benefits.
For centuries, bay leaves always have been an integral part of Roman and Greek mythology and an integral part of the Caribbean and Asian cuisine and culture.
Moreover, they are also used in the cosmetic industry as a fragrant additive to lotions, creams, soaps, perfumes, and detergents.