Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic, chronic, autoimmune disease of unknown cause that mainly affects the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is thought to occur in genetically predisposed individuals under the influence of unknown external factors.
The primary process begins in the synovial membrane that surrounds the joint, which thickens due to constant inflammation and is rich in enzymes and other substances that destroy the articular cartilage and bone and lead to irreversible changes in the joint.
As a consequence, joint instability occurs, leading to the progressive development of deformities typical of rheumatoid arthritis.
The disease can occur at any age and is most commonly seen between the ages of 20 and 40. This disease is three times more common in women.
Rheumatoid arthritis in more than 80% of patients begins gradually, with general symptoms such as fatigue, malaise, weight loss, and mild fever.
After a few weeks to months, the characteristic joint-related symptoms begin. Symptoms like pain, swelling, and numbness. At first, joint pain occurs, which lasts longer and more intensely.
Stiffness of the joints is most pronounced in the morning, initially with a shorter duration, and then longer and lasts up to several hours. Morning stiffness is characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis.
In addition to the prescribed therapy, you can use a very special oil that has alleviated the symptoms of arthritis in many people – bay leaf oil. Bay leaves are the leaves of the evergreen tree that originated in the Mediterranean countries.
According to Greek mythology, the beautiful nymph Daphne turned into a laurel tree to escape the love of Apollo. The laurel thus became a symbol of Apollo, and laurel wreaths were awarded to the victors and poets. The term “laureate” is derived from this custom, which in Latin means “crowned with laurel”.
The leaves have a very aromatic, spicy, bitter, and strong taste. Fresh leaves contain vitamins A, C, and B complex vitamins. Among the minerals present are calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc, and magnesium.
Due to their rich chemical composition, bay leaves offer a wide range of healing benefits.
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Bay leaf is traditionally used to treat many diseases.
Bay leaves are used for digestive problems. They have the ability to reduce bloating, soothe the stomach, stimulate the appetite, and secretion of digestive juices.
For bronchitis, it is recommended to apply a bay leaf. The dressings are immersed in the water in which the bay leaf was cooked – like tea. Such compresses help with severe cough, bronchitis, and respiratory infections.
Bay leaf is rich in vitamin A and vitamin C and zinc, which play an important role in maintaining strong and healthy immunity.
Vitamin A provides a healthy membrane to the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, mouth, throat, lungs, and digestive system.
Vitamin C has antibacterial and antiviral properties, which strengthens the immune system.
According to numerous studies, bay leaf essential oil exhibits exceptional antifungal and antiseptic properties. Bay leaf as an antiseptic heals wounds caused by infection and prevents the growth of bacteria.
Bay leaf oil recipe
To make this oil, you will need the following ingredients:
- 30 g of bay leaves (that is about 25-35 dried leaves),
- 250 ml of extra virgin olive oil or cold, squeezed, organic sunflower oil as used in the recipe.
Put the oil in a clean glass jar and pour the leaves on top, previously cut into smaller pieces and finely chopped to make it easier to release the healing properties. Close the jar tightly and leave it in a dark and cool place for 2 weeks.
After this period, strain the oil and store it in a glass bottle and store it in a cool place in a pantry or refrigerator.
How to use the bay leaf oil
For Eye Problems
You can soak gauze in this oil and put it on the eyes for 30 minutes every day, to reduce pain, swelling, and fatigue.
To Treat Arthritis
You can heat the oil to a low temperature and then massage the sore joints with it – this is a method that helps a lot in this condition.
In case you did not know, bay leaf oil can replace aspirin, and can be used to normalize appetite and other digestive problems.
Note: Consult your family doctor before using bay leaf oil treatment for any of the previously mentioned health issues.