“BAY LEAVES UNDER YOUR PILLOW”
Many traditions have evolved around St. Valentine’s Day. One that is particular to the Eve of St. Valentine involves the bay leaf.
Bay leaves have been used to help determine ones future mate.
The practice has been to place a few bay leaves inside of a small cotton bag, preferably red in color. Place this herb bag under your pillow on Valentine’s Day Eve.
Part of the tradition requires that a love charm be recited prior to going to bed for the evening:
“Good Valentine, be kind to me, in dreams let me my true love see.”
Performing this love spell is supposed to cause you to dream about the person that you will eventually marry.
The bay leaf was held in such high esteem that victors of battle, sport and study were crowned with garlands of laurel, as a symbol of their success. This is where the term “baccalaureate” originates from and it is now referred to when students have successfully completed their schooling years. The word “baccalaureate,” alludes to the bay wreathes worn by poets and scholars when they received academic honors in ancient Greece.
Just check the spice rack to see if you have any bay leaves in the house.
“Good Valentine, be kind to me, in dreams let me – my true love see.”