Just like many of the spices we use in our products, bay leaf is a somewhat unexpected answer to a healthy lifestyle. Commonly used as a garnish or grounded and used to add a kick to a variety of dishes, bay leaf is a spice we often forget. However, this leaf has an array of health benefits that will leave you feeling great!
Aids digestive health
Organic compounds found in bay leaf are great at settling upset stomachs and soothing irritable bowel syndrome. It also stimulates urination and can stimulate vomiting when something toxic has been consumed. If you accidentally consume an off meal while out and about, bay leaf could be the perfect way to quickly get yourself back on top form.
Helps your breathing
You can mix bay leaf oil into a salve and apply it to your chest, leaving it overnight, to help respiratory conditions. Inhaling the vapours bay leaf lets off is similar to aromatherapy, loosening up phlegm and getting rid of dangerous bacteria thanks to its natural antibacterial quality.
Leaves your hair looking great
If you steep bay leaves in water and then rub the mixture on your scalp after shampooing, the natural properties within bay leaf will help to eliminate dry skin and dandruff.
Acts as an anti-inflammatory
Bay leaf contains a nutrient called parthenolide, which helps to reduce inflammation and irritation. By consuming bay leaf spice, or by mixing the bay leaf oil into a salve and applying it, you can reduce pain on sore joints, including areas affected by arthritis.
Helps maintain heart health
You will find both caffeic acid and rutin in bay leaf. Rutin strengthens capillary walls in the heart and caffeic acid can help eliminate “bad” cholesterol, helping to reduce the chance of heart problems.
Sit back and relax
Linalool is found in bay leaves, as well as thyme and basil, and can help to lower the level of stress hormones in the body, especially when used in aromatherapy. Consequently, bay leaves can help to calm and relax you.
Lowers the chances of diabetic episodes
Bay leaves help to improve insulin receptor function and regulate blood sugar levels. If you are at risk of developing diabetes, or if you already have diabetes, regular consumption of bay leaves can significantly lower your chances of experiencing diabetic episodes.
- For the above benefits, it is important that you use or consume true bay leaf that is derived from the laurel tree. Other forms with the same name which do not come from the laurel tree do exist.