Bay leaf wreaths were originally presented to the victors of the early Olympic games. 
In Ancient Rome, a bay leaf wreath was the most honorable award bestowed upon those who achieved the highest degree of military excellence. 
1 g to 3 g of ground California bay leaves per day for at least 30 days will lower blood glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides, which can lower one's risk of diabetes.

California bay leaves are high in antioxidants, and consistent consumption of bay stimulates wound closure, healing, and the immune system.
Ground California bay leaves are often used as a salt substitute!
Ancient Greeks and Romans believed bay leaves symbolize wisdom, peace, and protection.
The greener the leaf, the more antioxidants and vitamins are contained, making California bay leaves the healthy choice!
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The word "baccalaureate" literally means "laurel berry," which is the berry from bay laurel trees. 
In 1869, the Golden Spike was hammered into a railroad tie made from California bay laurel wood, signifying completion of the Transcontinental Railway.
Michael Phelps is awarded the traditional bay laurel crown along with his gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games.