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Friday, December 3, 2010

What Is Bay Leaf Good For?

I love the scent of bayleaf. Bayleaf is an aromatic herb that smells so heavenly. I regularly use it in my cooked cereals or herbal tea blends and sometimes in my gravies. I made a big bottle of the tea and put it in the fridge a couple of weeks ago. Along with its powerful scent bayleaf has powerful healing properties as well. Read on to find out all what bayleaf is good for.

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Health Benefits of Bay Leaf

  1. helps reduce a fever
  2. good for respiratory infections, cough, cold and flu 
  3. helps calm an upset stomach and reduce the symptoms of digestive disorders
  4. helps to break down proteins
  5. helps with indigestion, improves digestion and reduces flatulence 
  6. helps reduce swelling and pain caused by strains, sprains and general aches and pains
  7. relieves headaches and migraines
  8. helps treat dandruff
  9. helps normalize and maintain blood sugar levels
  10. it is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
  11. heals body aches
  12. soothes aching muscles
  13. reduces and cures arthritis pain including rheumatoid arthritis
  14. cures skin infections
  15. heals insect bites/stings, cuts and bruises
  16. clears congestion
  17. boosts appetite
  18. lessens the severity of problems like celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  19. relieves respiratory and chest troubles such as bronchitis, and chest infections
  20. relieves joint and muscle pains
  21. helps protect the heart and lower one's risk of stroke or heart attack
  22. has protective effects upon the immune system, shielding the body from negative effects of stress
  23. helps to protect the body from many different kinds of cancer
  24. good for hysteria
  25. relieves colic pain
  26. aids in irregular menstruation and menstrual cramps
  27. helps with cases of dyspepsia 
  28. contains caffeic acid, quercetin, eugenol and catechins, all of which posses chemo-protective properties
  29. cures urinary problems and ease rheumatism
  30. can help relieve backache
  31. contains folic acid which can help prevent neural tube defects in the baby
  32. helpful in maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin
  33. helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers
  34. helps with vision
  35. helps in enzyme synthesis, nervous system function and regulating body metabolism
  36. helps control heart rate and blood pressure
  37. has insect repellent properties

As with most things excess is not promoted but especially in the case of pregnant women though bay leaf contains folic acid which is excellent they should avoid excess consumption of it as the chemical compounds in them may cause abortion.,,,,,

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  1. debbie_suburbsanityDecember 19, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    I really had no idea! I knew about the benefits of other herbs but not bay leaf!
    Came over from SITS to say hi.

  2. Hi Debbie,
    Thanks for coming over. Glad I could help you learn something new.

  3. I love using Bay Leaves in my cooking , but I had absolutely no idea how many benefits they have. I just know that they give great taste to many dishes. I will use them even more now.

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