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9 Healing Powers of Bay Leaf Plant (Laurus nobilis)

Bay leaf plant (Laurus nobilis) is a highly medicinal and culinary herb, used by so many people today. It is also known as tej patta, this herb over the years has gained popularity not because of its culinary use but because of its age-old medicinal properties and various health benefits.

However, studies carried out by medical experts on the bay leaf, have shown that bay leaf possesses anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. These properties of the bay are what make it highlighting medicinal and can also help in treating diseases.

Bay leaves not only provides you with potential health benefits but also adds fragrance to your dishes. This leaf is now an integral part of many individuals. If you haven’t tried bay leaf before then you’ve been missing out on all the good and essential health benefits that this herb provides.

In this article we’ll be highlighting some health benefits of bay leaf plant (bay leaves; bay leaf in spanish) as well as bay leaf substitute (substitute for bay leaf), below are some.

9 Healing Powers of Bay leaf plant (Bay leaf benefits / bay leaf tea benefits)

Below are the 9 amazing health benefits of Bay leaf plant (Laurus nobilis) including bay leaf tea;

(1) Good for Diabetes Management

For people who are finding it a little less difficult to deal with diabetes, bay leaf can be a very good and powerful substitute for any diabetes management drugs. Consuming bay leaf is good for people suffering or not suffering from diabetes.

You can even add it to your diet to prevent the risk of diabetes. Bay leaf can lower your sugar levels and can also effectively reduce the bad cholesterol levels in your body.

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(2) Helps Improves Digestion

You should know that bay leaf contains important and powerful anti-bacterial and anti-oxidants that are capable enough in preventing gastric damage and promoting urination.

Therefore, the bay leaf is said to have a high impact on the gastrointestinal system, that is why it is mostly recommended.

Preventing damage and promoting urination is very important because it helps the body to release toxins in the body and aids in the health of the kidneys.

You should also know that bay leaf contains compounds that may help in mitigating and alleviating upset stomach, soothing irritable bowel syndrome, and also helping your digestive system.

(3) Treats Respiratory Conditions

Bay leaf is also considered a great source of essential oil. The essential oil extracted from the bay leaf has many functions, one of which is being used to treat various kinds of respiratory conditions.

9 Healing Powers of Bay Leaf Plant (Laurus nobilis)
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(4) Helps Fights Against Fungal Infections

As we all know by now, bay leaf possesses antioxidant, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, which can help fight against various fungal infections in the body. 

Also, the bay leaf contains vitamin C which can help to protect the skin from any kind of infection. You may use the bay leaf as a substitute for your synthetic skin protection gels or creams.

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(5) May Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Are you a very busy kind of person and always stressed out? If yes, then you should employ the use of the bay leaf as it can help to lower the level of stress and anxiety in the body.

However, the bay leaf also possesses some qualities which may help in reducing depression also.

(6) Can Control Inflammation

Bay leaf contains a compound known as sesquiterpene lactones. This compound possesses properties that help in fighting against inflammation by hindering the formation of nitric oxide, which is one of the causes of inflammation.

(7) Improves and Protect Heart Health

The heart needs rutin and caffeic acid for it to function properly. However, the bay leaf contains these two essential compounds. 

This makes bay leaf capable of strengthening the capillary walls of the heart and also helps in lowering bad cholesterol levels.

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(8) Helps in Resolving Hair Issues

Bay leaves also possess essential properties that may help in improving the growth and quality of your hair. You can tap into this benefit, by steeping the bay leaves in water and then rubbing them on your scalp after shampoo to get rid of dandruff.

(9) Possess Anti-cancer Properties

Bay leaves showed promising results as an anticancer agent. The unique combination of antioxidants and organic compounds in bay leaves including phytonutrients, catechinslinalool, and parthenolide help to prevent your body from the effects of cancer-causing free radicals.

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