Description: The leaves of a bay tree have supernatural powers
Bay leaves placed under a pillow are said to guarantee good dreams, or dreams of a future husband, which may not be the same thing. In Shakespeare's Richard II, a character knows the king is dead because the leaves of all the bay trees in the country have withered.
The Romans thought bay trees were immune from being struck by lightening. The Emperor Tiberius used to garland himself with bay leaves during a thunderstorm to avoid the wrath of the gods - from whom, his biographers tell, he had much to fear.
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
and Tom Metcalfe (Website:
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