You’re probably familiar with laurel leaves, which is usually referred to as bay leaf within the culinary world. Some also know this herb as bay laurel. This wonderful herb has a delicious smell and adds flavors to many recipes. However, if you taste the leaves, you’ll find that they have a bitter taste when they are raw.
Not long ago, I had a cough for several weeks and I just couldn’t kick it. A friend gave me a recipe that used bay leaf, and it provided great results. After that, I began to learn more about the health benefits bay leaf has to offer.
The Benefits of Bay Leaf:
Here’s a look at a few of the powerful benefits bay leaves have to offer.
- First, bay leaves offer some excellent nutrients that your body needs. They are a great source of vitamin C, calcium, iron, vitamin A, magnesium and potassium. Using bay leaf regularly helps offer general health benefits.
- Bay leaf also has antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The antioxidants found in bay leaves can help the body more efficiently process insulin, helping individuals with diabetes.
- According to some studies, bay leaf may also help to prevent certain types of cancer. Bay leaf contains caffeic acid, which is an organic compound that is naturally occurring. It also contains eugenol, which is a powerful essential oil also found in cloves. Catechins are found in bay leaves, which is a powerful antioxidant that is also found in apples, red wine, tea and chocolate. Quercetin, a flavonoid that is found in grains, leaves, veggies, and fruits, is beneficial for treating heart disease, allergies, prostate problems and cancer. Each of these compounds help to protect the body against cancer.
- Bay leaf has been found to treat migraines effectively as well.
- Bay leaf also helps to ease problems with rheumatism. It’s effective for treating urinary problems, bruises, cuts, colds and may help regulate menstruation in women.
- Enzymes are found in bay leaves that help with food digestion, making it easier for the body to break down proteins.
Bay Leaf Cough Remedy:
- 16 oz Water
- 12 oz Pure Natural Honey
- 15-20 Dry Bay Leaves
a.) Juice 1 Large or 2 smaller Lemons
b.) Put everything together and simmer down to about 3/4 or 1/2 of the cup.
c.) After it cools down it will be thick syrup.
d.) When it’s cool, pour it in a airtight container and place in the fridge. Take it everyday twice a day 2-3 spoons.
Take a couple teaspoons of the bay leaf cough remedy and you will notice some excellent results. After a few hours, the cough will begin to ease and the mucus will start to loosen up. Within a couple days, you’ll probably feel significantly better. When my family used the cough remedy, we were completely better in just a few days. Keep in mind, if you are dealing with a chronic cough, this remedy probably will not cure the cough. However, it can help soothe the throat and lungs.
This cough medicine alternative works well, and it’s a great alternative to purchasing over the counter cold and cough products. Keep in mind, after a couple days of using the cough remedy you will start having a lot of mucus come out. The bay leaf is cleaning out your body, so do not worry if this happens to you. This remedy is powerful, so expect the mucus to start coming out when you take this remedy for your cold and cough.
Bay Leaf Tea
- this is for 1 Serving
- 8 oz Water
- 4 Dry Bay Leaves
- Boil the water and drop the leaves in.
- Let it boil with a Bay Leaves for 2-3 minutes.
- Take it off and cover. Color of the tea is slightly yellow, really pale, and the taste soothing, not bitter like sage tea. If I have to compare it… taste wise similar to Chamomile.
- Drain into the cup and drink it without the sugar, but if you need sweetener use 1 tsp. Pure Honey.
Another option is to make your own bay leaf tea. If you make the tea, the remedy will work better if you don’t use any sugar. While the sugar may make it taste a bit better, it can reduce the benefits of the tea.
I’ve tried drinking the tea after I eat meals with meat. I deal with slow digestion and this tea seems to speed up my digestion time after eating meat. Even though it’s not the tastiest tea, it does offer great digestive results.
Now that you’re aware of some of the great benefits of bay leaf, you may want to start using it more. Try bay leaf tea, use the bay leaf cough remedy, or start adding bay leaf to your recipes to enjoy all the benefits it has to offer.