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Bay Leaf Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

Repertory
General Name
Bay Leaf
English Name
Bay Leaf
Botanical Name
Laurus Nobilis, Cinnamomum Tamala
Hindi Name
Tejpatta, Tejpatt
Chinese Name
Yue Gui

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Parts Used

Leaves, Fruit, Oil, Steam Bark,

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Bay Leaf

Do not eat bay leaves unless and until you are sure, that what you are holding in your hand is Laurel Nobilus, as the other species of laurel can be poisonous.
Avoid use during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.
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Description

Bay Leaf is a tree.
It is an evergreen.
It grows in a temperate,sub-tropical climate.
It grows up to 18 M.
Best used for Debility.

Types of Bay Leaf :

1) Mediterranean bay Leaves ( Laurus nobilis lauraceae )- These are also known as Bay Laurel. These leaves have mild flavor.

2) California Bay Leaves ( Umbellularia californica ) - These are also know as California laurel. These leaves have strong flavor.

3) Indian Bay Leaf (Cinnamomum tamala, Lauraceae) - These leaves look similar to Bay Laurel but smells and tastes like Cinnamon.

4) Indonesian Bay Leaf( Syzgium polyanthum ) - These are also known as Indonesian laurel. These leaves are native to Indonesia.

5) West Indian Bay Leaf( Pimenta racemosa ) - These leaves are also known as Myrtaceae.

In TCM :
Bay Leaf Oil : Xiang Guo Zhi

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“An infusion of Antioxidants” The bay leaf is picked and dried from the bay laurel tree, a densely leafed evergreen that grows profusely along the Mediterranean Sea. It is a fragrant shrub with glossy leaves. And people have been picking it for thousands of years.


Bay Leaf is one of the most popular and well used spices in North American cooking. It adds aroma to soups, stews, beans, curries, biryani and fish boils.


Bay Leaf is generally used in savory dishes in both US and Europe-though the British like to add it to custards and puddings, too.


Indian bay is the dried leaf of the same tree that produces cinnamon, and West Indian bay leaves have a stronger flavor than bay laurel.


The woodsy, pungent aroma and flavor of bay leaf, with its slight hint of eucalyptus, is infused when it comes in contact with simmering liquid. The scent and flavor intensifies the longer it cooks, though if you leave bay leaf in the pot too long it starts to lose its aroma. It goes virtually with any food simmered in liquid, especially roasting meat and boiled seafood.


One or two medium-sized bay leaves are all that you need to flavor a dish for a family-size meal. Add it at the beginning of cooking. Make sure you discard the leaves when cooking is complete.


If you want to buy Bay Leaf then keep the following things in mind:

Look for leaves that are whole, uniform in size and color, and free of stems and bits of bark. The leaves should be clean and green. The darker the color and the larger the leaves, the better. Yellowing is a sign that they have been exposed to light for too long.







 

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Materia Medica for Bay Leaf

Bay Leaf General

Bay Leaf is a well known Indian spice. It is commonly known as Tejpatta. It is used in almost all South Indian Dishes. It gives a mouth watering flavor to the most popular dish, biryani. Apart from its spice nature, it is a herb too. It possesses great medical properties.
Washing hair with Bay leaf water and bhringraj results in healthy, shiny and smooth Hair. Its oil extract is a good herbal remedy for treating Dandruff. Herbal tea prepared from its leaves is used to treat problems of Hair loss. Head lice can be removed by applying water extract of Bay Leaf on the Scalp.
It is an innate pain reliever. Its oil extract is massaged on the temples to cure Headache and Migraine.
It curbs problem of Insomnia.
A decoction prepared form its leaves is a good herbal remedy for Nosebleed.
Brushing Teeth with its powder whitens them.
It has several beneficial effects on the Skin. Breathing in steam made of its leaves, relaxes the Skin and helps in removing Wrinkles and Skin Outbreaks.
It has analgesic properties. It heals up Cuts and Bruises.
It comprises of Anticancer properties. Its leaves halt growth of Cancer Cells.
The antioxidants present in it are helpful for combating Diabetes.
Its oil extract has Anti Inflammatory properties. Applying this oil eases pain in the affected area which helps in curbing Rheumatic Pain, Arthritis, Strains, Sprains and other Inflamed Joints and Aches.
Bay leaves are good for treating Cardiovascular Diseases. The phytonutrients (parthenolide) present in it help in proper Heart functioning and alleviates problem of Heart Attack and Strokes.
It's leaves are used to alleviate Respiratory Ailments. Tea made from its leaves treat illness like Cough, Cold and Sneezing.
Its consumption is good for the Digestive System. It eases digestion. It helps in treating problem of Heartburn and Flatulence. Its herbal tea alleviates Digestive Disorders like Acid Reflux, Improper Bowel Movements, etc.
Consuming bay leaves in our food helps in removing Kidney Stones.
It is an advantageous herb for women. It provides required quantity of folic acid to the child during pregnancy. It alleviates congenital defects in the child.
Its consumption helps in proper Menstruation.
Bay Leaves possess Antidote attributes. A mixture prepared from its leaves is effective for treating Stings and Bites.

Caution : Excessive consumption of Bay leaves is harmful for pregnant women. Consult a Doctor before consuming it.

Keywords : Hair Problems, Brain Disorders, Oral Problems, Nasal Defects, Skin Ailments, Cancer, Diabetes, Rheumatism, Inflammation, Respiratory Disorders, Digestive Disorders, Pregnancy Problems, Menopause, Heart Problems, Kidney Problems, Stings and Bites.

Methods of Administration. How to Take
Infusion : Make a tea.
Put 2-3 dried Bay Leaves in one cup of hot water. Steep for 20 minutes. Strain and drink it.
Single Herb

Bay Leaf for Dandruff

The Anti fungal property of Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta in India ) removes harmful fungi from the Scalp. It refreshes the Scalp and treats Dandruff.
Add a handful of dried Bay leaves in 2 glasses of hot water. Cover it and let it steep for 20 to 25 minutes. Strain well when cooled. Use this water for rinsing your Hair after shampoo.

Bay Leaf for Headache

Make a paste of Bay Leaves and apply on the forehead.

Bay Leaf for Indigestion

Add one Bay Leaf in vegetable soup. Take. It improves digestion.

Bay Leaf For Rheumatism

Make a tea of Bay Leaves by boiling some leaves in 2 cups of water. Soak a small cloth in this warm tea and apply on the affected joints for 10-15 minutes. It brings relief to sore and stiff joints.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Cough

Add one teaspoon Honey with one teaspoon of Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) powder. Take it after dinner.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Head Lice

Take 5 to 8 fresh Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ). Boil in a liter of water until it remains half. Wash your hair with this lukewarm water thrice a week.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Yellow Teeth

Crush dry Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ). Use it as tooth powder once a day.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Asthma

Take dry Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ). Grind. Have half teaspoon powder with a glass of milk at night daily. It cures asthma efficiently.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Stammering

Take 2 to 3 fresh Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ). Keep in your mouth one by one and suck.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Flatulence

The Carminative property of Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta in India ) helps to soothe the digestive tract. Bay Leaf helps to expel out excess gas from the abdomen and treats Flatulence. ( If the gas is formed in the upper part of the Abdomen, it is expelled out with Belching. When the gas is formed in the lower abdomen, Bay leaf helps to expel it out as Fart )
Wash 4 to 5 fresh Bay Leaves. Boil in a glass of water until it remains half. Drink it twice a day when needed. It gives instant relief.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Nausea

Grind dry Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ). Take 2 pinches with water. It cures the problem.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Jaundice

Eat 2 fresh Bay Leaves ( Tejpatta ) twice a day.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Bruises

Apply the chopped Bay Leaves ( Tejpatta ) as an Astringent to Bruises.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Acne

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta in India ) has strong Antiseptic property. This property helps to treat Acne and breakouts. It minimizes the pores and reduce excessive Oil production from the Skin.
Add 100 gm of dried Bay leaves in one and half glass of water. Boil for 5 to 10 minutes. Let it cool. Use a cotton ball to apply it onto the affected area. Apply it 2 to 3 times a day for a week.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Diabetes

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta in India ) balances the glucose level and improves function of Insulin. It reduces the Low Lipid protein and treats Diabetes.
Grind 10 to 12 Bay Leaves to form powder. Have 1 to 2 teaspoons daily for a month.
OR : Take 8 to 10 Bay Leaves. Boil these leaves in 2 to 3 cups of water for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain well. Drink the tea 2 to 3 times a day.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Constipation

Bay ( Tejpatta in India ) leaf helps to stimulate the appetite and helps in digestion. It breaks down the food into smaller particles and ensures proper bowel movement. This treats Constipation.
Boil 1 to 2 Bay leaves in a cup of water for 10 to 12 minutes. Strain well. Add Honey for taste. Drink two times a day.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Cold

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta in India ) fights infection and soothes the Respiratory tract. It helps to expel excess mucus from the throat and treats Cold.
Add 3 to 4 Bay Leaves in two cups of water. Boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain well. Dip a cloth in it. Squeeze excess water. Place it on the chest to get relief.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Kidney Stones

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta in India ) helps to treat infection and dissolves Kidney Stones.
Boil 5 grams of Bay Leaves in 200 ml water till water remains 50 ml. Strain and drink two times a day. This prevents the formation of Kidney Stones.

Bay Leaf for Bronchitis

Bay leaf reduces Mucus. Add a fresh Bay leaf in it to a cup of boiling water. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool for 15 minutes. Strain it off and drink.
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Soak Bay leaves in warm water. Rub this water on your chest and cover it with a clean cloth. Once it gets cooled, change with a fresh cloth. Repeat 2 times a day.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Digestive Disorders

Prepare an infusion of Bay leaves. Drink one cup of it, after every meal.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Anhidrosis

Make an infusion of 2-3 Bay Leaves in one cup of water. Strain and drink it.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Fever

Bay Leaf reduces the symptoms of Fever.
Prepare an infusion of Bay Leaves. Cool it and add to the cup of tea. Drink it.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Flu

Prepare an infusion of Bay leaves and soak a cotton cloth in it. Apply the soaked cotton cloth over the chest for 20-25 minutes. Do it 2 to 3 times a day.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Skin Diseases

Make a paste of Bay leaves by grinding it. Apply over the affected areas. It is useful in case of skin infections.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Cancer

The Anticancer property of Bay Leaf helps to prevent Cancer.
Include Bay leaf in your daily diet.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Arthritis

Use Bay leaves daily in your diet.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Urticaria

Take Bay leaves and bark. Wash it thoroughly with running water. Grind it to make a fine paste. Add sufficient amount of Coconut oil in it so that it mix well. Apply over the itchy areas.

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta ) for Scabies

Rinse Bay leaves and bark thoroughly under running water. Grind it to make a fine paste. Add sufficient amount of Coconut oil in it so that it mix well. Apply over the itchy areas. Do it 2 to 3 times a day.

Bay Leaf for Joint Pain

Boil 4 to 5 Bay leaves in water. Boil until the water reduces to half. Strain and store it in a bottle. Take 1 tablespoon 2 times in a day. It gives relief in Joint Pain.
 
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Herbal Treatment For Rheumatism 9

Grind 50 grams each of Dry Ginger ( Adrak in India ), Long Pepper ( Pippali in India ), Cinnamon ( Dalchini in India ), Cardamom ( Choti Ilaichi in India ) and Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta in India ) together. Now boil 350 grams of Dry Ginger ( Adrak in India ), 800 grams Ghee and 1/4 Kg Sugar in 2.5 Kg Cow's Milk. Mix both the preparations and store in a glass pot. Take One tablespoon twice a day regularly to get rid of Rheumatism. It also enhances body glow and power and is very useful specially for women.

Herbal Treatment For Diabetes 10

Take Fenugreek ( Mehti in Hindi ) seeds, Bayleaf ( Tejpatta in Hindi ), Black Plum ( Jamun in Hindi ) seed and Bael Patra, leaves of Bael, in the ration of 1:1:2:3 . Grind them to make powder. Take 2 tsp a day. Take one teaspoon one hour before breakfast and one teaspoon one hour before dinner.

Herbal Treatment For Respiratory Diseases 5

Take the following herbs :
Bay Leaf : Tejpatta : Leaves : Dried : Crushed : 1 tablespoon
Bodhi Tree : Pipal : Leaves : Dried : Crushed : 1 tablespoon
Mix them together. Have a pinch once a day with water.

Herbal Treatment For Dandruff 30

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta in India ) possesses strong Anti fungal and Anti dandruff properties. These properties help to inhibit the growth of harmful fungi and yeast. Coconut Oil ( Nariyal Ka Tel ) nourishes the scalp and reduces itchiness due to Dandruff.
Grind 2 to 3 dried Bay leaves into powder. Add 1 to 2 tablespoon Coconut Oil in it. Mix well. Apply this mixture onto the Scalp. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash with shampoo. Repeat this twice a week.

Herbal Treatment For Indigestion 29

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta in India ) is a strong digestive herb. It helps to sooth the digestive tract and reduces heart burn due to Indigestion. Ginger ( Adrak in India ) stimulates the digestive juices which supports proper digestion of food.
Add 5gm to 6 gm of dried Bay leaves and a piece of Ginger in 200 ml water. Boil till it remains 1/4th of the initial amount. Add Honey for taste. Have it two times a day.

Herbal Treatment For Diabetes 15

The Phytosterols present it Aloe Vera ( Gheekumari in India ) helps to reduce Glucose level in the blood. Turmeric ( Haldi in India ) contains Curcumin and Omega 3 Fatty Acid. These nutrients help to reduce inflammation and controls Blood Sugar. Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta in India ) helps reduces Cholesterol and checks Insulin in the Blood.
Take 1 to 2 teaspoons of powdered Bay Leaf and Turmeric. Add 1 teaspoon Aloe Vera in it. Mix well. Have it twice a day, before lunch and dinner.

Herbal Treatment For Digestive Disorders 8

Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta in India ) has strong Digestive property. It helps in proper digestion and reduces Flatulence. Bay Leaf soothes the Digestive tract and treats the disorders. Ginger ( Adrak in India ) removes harmful bacteria causing infection in the Stomach.
Boil 4 to 5 grams of Bay leaves in 200 ml water. Add a piece of Ginger in it. Heat it until the water remains 1/4. Strain well. Add Honey for taste. Drink it twice daily to get relief.

Herbal Treatment For Heart Disease 7

Parthenolide present in Bay Leaf improves blood circulation to the Heart. Bay leaf helps in proper functioning of the Heart and prevents Cardiovascular Diseases.
Add 3 to 4 grams of Bay Leaves and Rose flowers in 300 ml water. Boil it till it remains 75 ml. Strain well. Drink two times a day.

Herbal Treatment For High Cholesterol 7

Take 2 cups of water. Add 7 Bay Leaves and 1 cup of Otaheite Gooseberry ( Harfaarevadi ) leaves. Boil it till it reduces to 1 cup of water. Strain and drink it.
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Queries on Bay Leaf
Pradeep Kumar
15 Oct 2015
Better application but its processing is slow. so it is required to improve its processing.
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Herbpathy Research Team
16 Oct 2015
Dear Pradeep

Please let us know about what you are talking. Are you talking about some technical issue on our site? Or you are talking about the slow processing of Herbs?

Please elaborate.

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Herbpathy Research Team
( Make Life Healthy )
 
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
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Sandip sankhe ( INDIA /MAHARASTRA )
05 Aug 2016
Do you have any treatment for Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) III?
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Herbpathy Admin
24 Aug 2016
Sandip sanke
Your query has been forwarded to the concerned team. We will reach out to you shortly.
 
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
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Tajindef Mehta ( Kuwait )
08 Sep 2016
treatment for rheumatism with tejpatta and ginger, pipali dalchini cardamom for grind and powdred at the same down same thing again in more quantity with cow milk sugar written how come it come together with different quantity its option i have confusion to make this preparation please clarify
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Biksa
08 Sep 2016
Tajindef Mehta , First Grind 50 grams each of Dry Ginger ( Adrak in India ), Long Pepper ( Pippali in India ), Cinnamon ( Dalchini in India ), Cardamom ( Choti Ilaichi in India ) and Bay Leaf ( Tejpatta in India ) together. Leave it aside..
Then seperately boil 350 grams of Dry Ginger ( Adrak in India ), 800 grams Ghee and 1/4 Kg Sugar IN 2.5 Kg Cow's Milk for 15-20 minutes. Take it off from heat and mix all the above grinded powder in it. Store in a glass pot. Take One tablespoon twice a day.
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Swathi ( India )
23 Mar 2017
Can we take bayleaf boiled water while breastfeeding. Is it safe
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Riah
23 Mar 2017
No. Swathi. If you are breastfeeding, then you must not take it. Herbpathy has clearly mentioned it above in the Side effects section of this herb. Please scroll up and read it.
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Manoj Kumar T K ( India )
05 Jul 2017
Is there will be any problem in sex drive if we drink the boil water in which two or three indian bay leaf is put in it.
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Abdul Alfarhan ( Saudi Arabia )
30 Aug 2017
Dear.i have been taking omeprazole for Duodenal ulcer for a few weeks , however i started taking fennel , beetroot anise also , then omeprazole intead of helping my ulcer to begin giving me heart burn
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Jasmine Batra
04 Sep 2017
Did you consult your doctor before taking the herbs with omeprazole.
Take Chamomile tea, daily for a month. Drink Liquorice tea also. Consume cranberry juice everyday for a month. these natural remedies will give you relief from the heart burn and the Ulcer too.
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Ashok ( Tamil nadu )
06 Jan 2018
What r the side effects if consuming bay leaf water daily?
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