Bay leaf is leaf of the Bay Laurel leaf and has a strong aroma. The tree is grown in the Mediterranean region. The leaves are pointed smooth and with a sharp fragrance. The scientific name is “Laurus Nobilis”. These leaves are used widely in various cuisines like Indian, Nepalese etc. The leaves can be used as it is in coking or they can be roasted and ground and used as a spice. Besides culinary benefits bay leaves have several therapeutic uses.
Mentioned Below Are The Various Health Benefits Of Bay Leaves:
Good For The Digestive System
Bay leaves have a positive effect on the digestive system. Bay leaves are diuretic in nature and hence help in the removal of toxic substances from the digestive system by way of urination. They also vomit out toxic substance that is eaten. It has enzymes which help in the digestion of complex proteins and is also very useful against irritable bowel syndrome, upset stomach, celiac disease etc.
Good For The Heart
The compound rutin found in bay leaves help in fortifying the walls of the capillaries. The compound caffeic acid helps to remove the bad cholesterol from the body and help in keeping the heart healthy.
Useful Against Cancer
Free radicals are responsible for converting the healthy cells into cancerous cells. Bay leaves are a rich source of antioxidants and phytonutrients which help eliminate the free radicals and help protect the body against cancer.
Useful For Diabetics
Bay leaves help in maintaining the blood glucose levels and also help in maintaining the insulin levels. Bay leaves thus help in controlling diabetes and are useful for diabetics.
Helps To Reduce Acne
Bay leaves have several compounds which are useful in curing acne. Crush bay leaves and add it to water. Boil the mixture. Strain and splash the water on the face to get relief from acne.
Good For Dental Care
Bay leaves have compounds which help in whitening the teeth naturally. Crush bay leaves to fine powder. Rub teeth with this powder to keep your teeth sparking white. Follow the remedy twice in a week for best results.
Useful In The Treatment Of Insomnia
Bay leaves have a calming effect on the mind and have mild sedative properties and help induce sleep. Therefore bay leaves can be used in the treatment of insomnia.
Good For The Respiratory System
Bay leaves compounds which help in fighting respiratory tract infections. In case of colds, coughs, sneezing simply add few bay leaves to water and boil it. Strain and drink this tea. Bay leaf tea is also useful in the treatment of fever.
Useful Against Pains
Drinking bay leaf tea is found to give relief from headaches. The oil extracted from bay leaves has analgesic and anti inflammatory properties and is found to be useful in giving relief from headaches, migraines, arthritis, joint pains etc.
Good For Pregnant Women
Bay leaves are rich in folic acid. Hence they are good for pregnant women as they protect the fetus from birth defects. Bay leaves are also believed to be beneficial in inducing pregnancy.
Helps To Nosebleed
Bay leaves are found to be useful in giving relief from bleeding nose. For the purpose take a glass of water. Add two bay leaves to it and boil it till it is reduced to half the original amount. Strain and drink this solution to get relief from nosebleed.
Prevent Kidney Stones
Bay leaves are useful in the prevention of formation of kidney stones. They also help ward off kidney infections. Take 200 ml of water. To it add 5 grams of bay leaves. Boil the mixture till it is reduced to 50 ml. Strain and have this mixture on a regular basis to prevent kidney stones.
Helps In The Healing Of Wounds
The antimicrobial properties of bay leaves are useful in the treatment of skin infections, wounds and insect bites. It can be used topically in the treatment of cut and bruises.
Helps To Eliminate Head Lice
Bay leaves can be used effectively to eliminate head lice. Take 400 ml of water. To it add 50 grams of crushed bay leaves. Boil the mixture till it is reduced to 100 ml. Apply this water to hair to get rid of head lice.
Good For The Hair
Bay leaves have volatile compounds that help treating dry scalp and help in the removal of dandruff. Bay leaves help in strengthening the hair follicles and help in making the hair lustrous and black. Boil bay leaves in water and apply this solution to the hair to get rid of dandruff.