The use of plants has been shown to be extremely beneficial for the overall health and well-being and in certain cases can easily replace a medical treatment due to the strong therapeutic properties.
In this article we shall focus on the use of laurel,or recognized under its scientific name Laurusnobilis, a plant originating from the Mediterranean basin, used in many dishes. It is known for its unique flavor and as well as for its health benefits that can treat and alleviate several ailments.
It provides its magnificent health benefits as an infusion or as an added flavor to various dishes.
The bay leaf is high in antioxidants and as well as shows potent antibacterial and antiseptic properties, but it is very low in calories. In addition to this, this plant is a great source of fiber, minerals like iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium and also in vitamins A, B, and C. Thanks to the content of caffeic acid, quercetin, catechin and eugenol the bay leaves show strong anti-cancer properties as a result of which can fight off against leukemia and breast cancer.
The consumption of bay leaves stops the proliferation of cancer cells and inflammation of the liver. It can also battle depression, and regulate high blood pressure. However, it shows even more health benefits like the following ones.
Thanks to its amazing properties the bay leaf can treat and calm the following health conditions:
Regulates blood sugar
Headaches or migraines
Relief of pain caused by sciatic nerve
A Bay Leaf Infusion
The consumption of this plant in a form of tea will reduce blood pressure, facilitate good night sleep, and relax the muscles and the overall body.
6 dried bay leaves
1 cup of water
Pour water in a saucepan, and then add the dried bay leaves and leave them to boil in the water for a few minutes. Turn off the heat, and cover the saucepan. Let it cool off and once cooled strain the liquid and consume it in the morning once you wake up, and another cup at bedtime.
Other Remedies from Bay Leaves
Treat colds, flu, coughs and other respiratory conditions
Use gauze soaked in hot Bay leaf tea and then directly apply it onto your chest.
For that purpose burn a bay leaf,this will instantly offer the soothing effect, thanks to the presence of the compound known as “linalool”.
Deal with skin infections
The bay leaf contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, and the bay leaf tea compresses will be very effective in the treatment of skin infections.
Arthritis can be very painful, but the use of bay leaf essential oil, which has in its content eugenol, geraniol, cineol, and terpineol, will lower the pain. Therefore, rub some of this oil on the affected area.
Relieve muscle pain
In a liter of water boil 5 bay leaves and the resulting infusion add it into a warm bath. For best effects, lie down in this water for around 15 minutes.
Deal with hair dandruff
All you need to do is to rinse your hair with a Bay leaf tea.
Keep insects at bay
If you are not a fan of insects and especially of their bites make sure to keep bay leaves near your body. They do not like their scent and thus they will not approach you.
First of all you need to be careful about the use of bay leaf as the oleander is a toxic decorative plant.
Bay leaves are not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women.
Be careful about the amount you consume as their overuse can cause drowsiness.
They have an emetic effect when they are consumed in large quantities, so make sure that you are taking in the right dose.
People with kidney failure or heart disease should consume it moderately.