When I was a kid, my grandmother — we called her maman as shorthand for the French grand-maman — used to make me an herbal remedy when I was sick or couldn’t sleep. “Bush tea” as my maman called it was made by boiling the leaves of a plant that grew wild on Bequia, the island paradise where she lived. I later found out that plant is the bay laurel.
I ordered a couple of speciments over the Internet from Richter’s in Florida. I’m hoping that I can grow these plants enough to harvest the leaves and make my own “bush tea”. I miss my maman.