Starting a series of blog posts about food down the ages; this week we will be looking at the uses and properties of the humble bay leaf.
Bay Leaf has been used for centuries in herbal medicine due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties. Bay Leaf herbal tincture is an excellent remedy for treating dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), stomach aches, gastric ulcers and colic, as well as headaches and infections. Compounds in Bay Leaf help to regulate blood sugar levels. Insulin is processed more quickly, meaning blood sugar spike-highs and lows are prevented. Bay Leaf will help relieve respiratory and chest ailments such as coughs, viral infections, bronchitis and chest infections. As an anti-inflammatory Bay Leaf extract may be used to relieve joint pain and muscle pains, including arthritis. Bay Leaves contain the phytonutrients caffeic acid and rutin, as well as salicylates, all of which help protect the heart and lower one’s risk of stroke or heart attack. Additionally, Bay Leaf’s phytonutrients help to protect the body from many different kinds of cancer. Bay Leaf has long been used as a tonic for overall good health and an energy boost.
Migraines cause extreme pain for some individuals and Bay Leaf has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy for headaches. Bay Leaf contains chemical compounds called parthenolides, which have proven useful as an herbal treatment for migraine headaches and similar painful circumstances.
Bay Leaf is a bitter that has a tonic effect and is considered warming and drying and aids the digestive organs. This herb stimulates the appetite, improves digestion, helps expel gas from the stomach and bowels, and it relieves stomach pain, bowel pain, gastric ulcers and colic.
Bay Leaf has the wonder to perform efficiently against diabetes. It helps the body process more insulin, thus leading to lower blood sugar levels.
Bay Leaf is a potent antiseptic and was considered indispensable in earlier days during epidemics of contagious disease, such as smallpox, typhoid fever, measles, and diphtheria. Since Bay Leaf is regarded as a uterine stimulant, it may be helpful in cases of amenorrhea (absence of menstruation).
With powerful antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties, Bay Leaf is useful in treating infections, sore throat, tonsillitis and bladder problems.
Bay Leaves have antibacterial and antifungal properties and is an excellent herbal remedy that helps cure infections and skin disease. Topically applied, Bay Leaf is an antiseptic and has been an effective herbal treatment for dandruff and it boosts hair growth. It has been used effectively in the treatment of scabies and for healing atonic ulcers, insect bites, cuts and bruises and sprains.
Contraindications: Bay Leaf Herbal Supplement is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, nor for those who are taking medication for diabetes. As a uterine stimulant, it has been called an abortifacient. Although an herb to calm the digestive tract, taken in large doses, Bay Leaf is considered an emetic that produces vomiting.
Disclaimer: The information presented herein by New Way Herbs is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.