Chewing Laurel Might Make You A Prophet…

(Warning: One is not advised to try this at home…)


Scholia to Hesiod’s Theogony, 30.7-13

“It might be the case that laurel makes those who eat it divinely inspired. Sophocles writes in his play Kasandra “Close your mouth after chewing laurel with your teeth.” (fr. 811)

And Lykophron writes “she loosed her voice in prophecy from her laurel-eating throat” (Alexandra, 6)

And these poems were uttered with divine inspiration.  Really, since laurel is always green, their words are always blooming.”


ἢ παρόσον ἡ δάφνη ἐνεργεῖ πρὸς τοὺς ἐνθουσιασμούς. R2WLZT
Σοφοκλῆς (frg. 811 N2) ἐν Κασάνδρᾳ εἴρηκε·

δάφνην φαγὼν ὀδόντι πρῖε τὸ στόμα.

καὶ R2WT Λυκόφρων (Alex. v. 6)·

δαφνηφάγων φοίβαζεν ἐκ λαιμῶν ὄπα.

τὰ δὲ ποιήματα μετὰ θεοῦ ἐμπνεύσεως εἴρηται. ἢ ἐπειδὴ ἡ δάφνη
ἀειθαλής ἐστιν, καὶ οἱ λόγοι ἀεὶ θάλλουσιν. R2VLZT


Witchipedia (yes, this is a real thing) asserts that besides being fragrant laurel (bay) can increase your psychic power. Laurel may also have analgesic properties.