Another very practical way to use bay leaves is to chase away cockroaches! It’s strong smell is very effective against these annoying bugs. All you have to do is place some laurel leaves around the house and where you keep your food and you’ll have yourself and organic and eco-friendly cockroach repellent!
It’s especially useful if you have kids and pets, as it is not toxic and there isn’t any danger of poisoning. You can either use fresh or dry leaves, but the dry ones have a stronger smell and they would be more effective.