Bay Leaves and Their Health Benefits
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Bay Leaves and Their Health Benefits

Bay leaves have been used for years and years for their health benefits, to honor heroes and to flavor foods and beverages.

Many years ago, bay leaves were used to make honorable crowns to place on the top of hero’s heads in Ancient Greece. Now the leaves are useful for seasoning foods and beverages with a mild refreshing earthy bitter pungent flavor, and for their potent health benefits.

What Are Bay Leaves

Bay leaves are leaves that come from the bay laurel trees that grow over in the Mediterranean, France, Italy, North American, Central America, Colombia, Russia, Belgium and Turkey. Bay leaves are shiny green in color with oval shapes and pointed tips.  Each bay leave can be up to 2 inches long and wide in size, but some can be a lot larger depending on how long they are left to grow on the trees.

Harvesting Bay Leaves

Bay leaves are usually harvested on a sunny day when the leaves are dry and have been growing on the laurel trees from more than 3 years. The reason why is because the longer the bay leaves are allowed to grow on the trees the better tasting they are and the more medicinal benefits they have. When the leaves are ready to be harvested, they are picked from the trees and taken to a cool spot to dry out for 3 days. Sometimes the leaves are used right away to help make a pungent healing herbal tea to help fight an illness or infection. The leaves are also useful for making a potent tincture or astringent. Potent bay leaves essential oils can even be made to use for medicinal purposes.

Potent Nutrients in Bay Leaves

The potent nutrients in bay leaves are vitamins C, A and B, copper, calcium, selenium, zinc, magnesium, potassium, essential oils, antioxidants and anti septic, anti fungal, anti bacterial and anti viral properties. Bay leaves also contain lauric acid in them, which can be useful when treating stomach ailments such as ulcers, gas and nausea.

Health Benefits of Bay Leaves

Due to all the potent nutrients in bay leaves they are useful to season food and beverages with because they can help prevent cancers from forming, improve and strengthen the immune system, treating viral infections, cleansing open wounds, prevent aging, treat respiratory infections, relieve flu symptoms and body aches and pains and treat headaches. If you have an insect bite or sting, rubbing bay leaf oil on it can help relieve the itching or stinging sensation you might heave. You may also benefit from a bay leave bath is you have suffered from an injury because the essential oils in bay leaves can relieve pain and bruising. Coughing can be relieved by drinking bay leave herbal tea several times throughout the day if cough medicine does not seem to get rid of the coughing. Adding bay leaves to your diet daily will even help improve blood sugar levels and keep the digestive system working happily and healthily.

Precautions When Using Bay Leaves

People with asthma, dermatitis, eczema, and gastrointestinal problems should not use this herb because it can worsen their current health conditions. Those who are allergic to bay leaves should stay away from them completely. Women pregnant should not use this herb at all as a natural remedy. Other than all that, bay leaves are considered safe to use for seasoning food and beverages as well as an herbal remedy for treating certain health conditions.

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Comments (3)

Interesting facts about bay leaves. Well done.

Good read. Interesting post. Thanks.

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