Bay leaf belongs to the laurel family and originates from Asia Minor.
The horse is a shrub or tree, shiny leaves, about 7 to 10 cm in length.
It is also popular as a spice and as a decorative plant.
In addition, people use it in folk medicine.
Bay leaf is an aromatic treasury of nutrients
The leaves are very aromatic, hot, bitter and also strong taste.
Fresh bay leaves contain vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B complex.
In addition it contains minerals: calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc, and magnesium.
The leaves contain about 1 to 3 percent of essential oil, consisting of cineol, eugenol, tannin, sesquiterpenes, and also bitter substances.
You can also produce essential oil from bay leaves.
Cineol has the ability of antitumor activity on certain types of cancer cells by stimulating apoptosis (programmed cell death).
It is also responsible for the antibacterial, antifungal (antigenic), and soothing action.
Eugenol acts against epilepsy and also has a sedative effect.
Tannins act as an astringent and assist in the treatment of diarrhea.
Sesquiterpenes work against leukemia.
Dried fruits from bay leaf contain essential oil consisting of terpenes (cineol, terpineol, citral), a sesquiterpene, myristic acid.
Bay leaf health properties
The bay leaves because of its rich chemical composition provide a wide range of medical benefits.
Folk medicine traditionally uses it in treating many diseases.
– 1. Facilitates digestion
The bay leaves are used in digestive problems.
They also have the ability to reduce bloating.
They soothe the work of the stomach, stimulate appetite, and excretion of digestive juices.
Folk medicine uses fruit for making tea, to stimulate appetite.
– 2. Helps in the diseases at breathing tract
For bronchitis, nutritionists recommend placing lining from bay leaves.
First, you need to cook leaves and then use them for the lining.
Such wraps help with a strong cough, bronchitis, and also an infection of the breathing system.
– 3. Helps with menstrual problems
Leaves are acting as an emmenagogue and can stimulate regular and normal menstruation.
Their use can also help alleviate menstrual pain.
In addition, they have the ability to treat vaginal secretion.
– 4. It soothes nervousness and stress
One of the lesser known advantages of using a bay leaf is its natural soothing power.
Leaves lower the level of stress hormones in the body.
An increased amount of stress hormones can be detrimental to health, and also will achieve calmness and relaxation.
– 5. Stimulates the immune system
The lover is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and also mineral zinc that plays an important role in maintaining a strong and healthy immune system.
Vitamin A also provides a healthy mucous membrane of the eyes, nose, mouth, throat, lungs, and digestive system.
In addition, vitamin C has antibacterial and antiviral properties, which strengthens the immune system.
– 6. Dissolves antiseptic and anti-inflammatory
According to numerous studies, essential oil from bay leaf exhibits outstanding antigens and antiseptic properties.
Bay leaf as an antiseptic protects infection wounds and also prevents bacterial growth.
Other uses of bay leaves
To prepare bay leaf tea, take 1 fresh or dried leaf of fresh or dried and pour it with 2 dl of boiling water.
Cover with a lid and also strain after half an hour.
Drink one or two cups a day, before meals.
You can also use bay leaves for herbal baths.
For baths, it is necessary to combine about 20 leaves and cook them in 5 liters of water.
Cover the bowl and pour it into the bath after one hour.
Essential laurel oil is used in soap production.
The leaves are very aromatic so they can also be used as insect repellents.
This plant is very resistant to diseases and pests, so it is ideal for planting beside sensitive plants.
Pregnant women should avoid using the bay leaves because they may cause abortion.
It is also poisoned for dogs and cats.