Putting bay leaves under your bed: where did this custom passed down from our grandparents come from

In the past, there were customs from the generation of our grandparents that today can seem quite strange. You have surely heard of many of them, and one of the customs that is maybe worth giving a try is that of putting bay leaves under your bed. It could just be a myth, but that fact that they barely cost anything may make it worth trying.

woman in bed

So among all the traditions passed down through the generations, this article is going to focus in on: putting 7 bay leaves under the bed. If you want to learn more about this tradition and where it comes from, please read on.

Why put bay leaves under the bed?

Everyone knows that bay leaves emit a very pleasant scent, and it is even common to use them for incense. But oddly enough, this has nothing to do with why we put them under the bed. Instead, it is believed that leaving the bay leaves under your bed will provide luck in the future. The idea of life leading to wealth and prosperity is nice, but there are a few rules to follow before this tradition can work for you.


First, the leaves need to be placed in a well-sealed bottle of water. Next, leave the bottle in a discrete location in your house. One of the more logical places could be under the bed, but you can also choose a different place, such as behind a piece of furniture. At any rate, we must not forget about the bottle because it can’t be left for too long, otherwise the water will starting producing a foul odor.

bay lraves on a table

Obviously, there is no scientific evidence to back up this custom. However, if you are going through a period in which you are a little down on your luck, why not give this little superstition a try? What do you have to lose?

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