Laurel plant offers numerous health benefits. Not only its leaves are used as a food seasoning, but they also have other medical uses. Namely, they are used to:

1. Improve digestion

Bay leaves affect the gastrointestinal system, thus stimulating urination as a diuretic and vomiting as an emetic. Moreover, the organic compounds in bay leaves efficiently treat upset stomach, relieve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and reduce the symptom of Celiac disease. The enzymes found in bay leaves help to enhance nutrient intake and aid digestion.

2. Treat respiratory conditions

Bay leaf oil can be applied to the chest in order to relive respiratory issues. Inhaling the vapor is as beneficial as aromatherapy, which can loosen up phlegm and get rid of harmful bacteria inside the respiratory tract due to its antibacterial properties.

3. Hair care

If you want to improve hair health and get rid of dandruff, steep the leaves in water and rub them directly in the scalp. The volatile ingredients and chemicals found in bay leaves can eliminate dandruff and dry skin.

4. Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties

Bay leaves can significantly reduce body inflammation. They are loaded with parthenolide, a phytonutrient that reduces irritation and inflammation when it is applied topically on the affected areas, like sore throat.

5. Promote heart health

Rutin and caffeic acid found in bay leaves can enhance the function of the heart. Namely, rutin strengthens the capillary walls of the heart, whereas caffeic acid eliminates bad cholesterol from the cardiovascular system.

6. Prevent cancer

Organic compounds and antioxidants found in bay leaves, including catechins, phytonutrients, linalool and parthenolide, protect the human body from free oxidative damage. In fact, free radicals can make healthy cells to mutate into cancerous ones.

7. Reduce stress and anxiety

Linalool found in bay leaves is thought to reduce the stress levels, particularly when used with aromatherapy. High levels of stress hormones can be health hazardous, so bay leaves can calm down the body.

8. Regulate diabetes

Bay leaves have been related to enhanced insulin receptor function and controlled blood sugar levels. For people, who are suffering from diabetes, regular consumption of bay leaves may significantly reduce the chances of diabetic episodes.

9. Prevent Candida and heal wounds

Bay leaves have strong antifungal properties. It is found that the powerful antifungal properties of the essential oil in bay leaves fight Candida.

In addition, the bay leaf oil has been use to heal wounds.

BAY LEAF TEA RECIPE

To prepare this tea, you will need:

• Water
• 30 grams of dried bay leaves

How to prepare it and use it:

• Bring the water to a boil and then add the dried leaves.
• Cook them for a few minutes.
• Put the pot away from the heat, cover it and leave it to cool.
• Strain it and sweeten it if you want.
• For better results, consume the tea twice a day, in the morning and in the evening.

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