Daphne / Laurel leaf / Bay leaf
Laurel: the tree of Apollo
Daphne the Nymph (Laura in Latin) was the daughter of the rivergod Pieios and Mother Earth Gaia The god Apollo fell in love with her, but the nymph did not reciprocate and avoided his attentions. Daphne asked her mother Gaia for help. When Apollo embraced Daphne, she changed into a laurel tree. The grieving Apollo broke off a branch of the tree, made a wreath and put it on his head. Since then, the laurel leaf became the sacred plant of Apollo.
Laurel leaf decreases the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart diseases (researchers recommend the consumption of 2-3 leaves per day for 30 days). It improves blood test results for glucose and cholesterol content.