The bay leaf tea is fast becoming one of the most sort after tea in most parts of the world today, why you may ask.
The answer is pretty simple; the bay leaf tea not only has quite a unique taste but numerous amazing health benefits that you will find totally captivating plus aside using the leaf to cook, I have been consuming it in tea form for some time now and I can testify to the wonders it has been working in my body.
For today’s post, I will be taking you guys on an intensive journey on what the bay leaf tea entails. But first off let’s look at some interesting info about the bay leaf which is a key ingredient in the bay leaf tea.
What is the Bay Leaf and Where Does it Come From?
Basically, the bay leaf is an aromatic leaf that is used for cooking. It can be in ground form or whole. The leaf is known to emanate from several different plants some of which includes the following:
The California bay leaf whose botanical name is Umbellularia California, Lauraceae was commonly known as California laurel or better still pepperwood. It is very similar in nature to that of the Mediterranean bay but has a more demanding flavor.
There’s also the bay laurel whose botanical name is Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae
Indian bay leaf is commonly known as malabathrum with botanical name Cinnamomum Tamala, Lauraceae
Mexican bay leaf with botanical name litsea glaucescens Lauraceae and West Indian bay leaf which is a leaf of the west Indian bay tree.
In its ground or crushed form, bay leaf is used for cooking, crushed bay leaf usually has more fragrance compared to that of whole leaves but are pretty difficult to remove and therefore used in a tea infuser.
Ground bay laurel, on the other hand, can be substituted for whole leaves, they don’t need to be removed and also much stronger.
In Caribbean island, bay leaves are used in the making of jerk chicken by soaking the bay leaves and placing them on the cool side of the grill.
This is basically done by placing pimento sticks on top of the leaves and then the chicken on top of it after which it is smoked. Bay leaf because of its spicy smell can be scattered and used as a repellant for flies, cockroaches, and meal moths.
How to Prepare the Bay Leaf Tea
One of the most potent ways of enjoying the bay leaf is making tea out of it plus the health benefits you get from this is pretty amazing. Preparing this tea is just like preparing any other tea. As long as there are the bay leaf and water (which are the main properties of the bay leaf tea) then you are good to go.
It is said that a hot cup of bay leaf tea is very comforting more like aromatherapy. The fragrant leaves usually aid in spicing the tea and gives you a taste that practically leaves you wanting for more. For preparing the tea you will need the following bay leaf ingredient.
- 2 large bay leaves
- 2 cups of water
- Sugar and milk (not compulsory)
First, carefully add the bay leaf to a pot and pour some quantity of water into. Allow boiling for at least three minutes over high heat.
Remove the pot from the tea and allow the tea to steep for a little while (like 4 minutes), strain and drink tea. You can choose to add sugar to sweeten the tea and also add milk but not too much so it doesn’t alter the flavor of the tea.
Note: There’s also cinnamon and bay leaf tea which is also another way of enjoying this amazing tea, to prepare just add a cinnamon stick to the bay leaf and boil together. For persons looking forward to shedding that extra kilo, cinnamon in addition to the bay leaf tea is a wonderful way to lose weight.
Without the addition of milk and sugar the taste of the bay leaf tea usually ranges from a more pungent sharp taste to a bitter taste with a nice smell. If you don’t like the bitter taste you can add milk and dilute the taste of the tea. More so, the addition of milk and sugar gives a more floral taste.
Health Benefit of the Bay Leaf Tea
Just like I have numerous times in this article the bay leaf tea has some very amazing benefits, some of which will be discussed below:
A cup of bay leaf tea usually has a very strong effect on the gastrointestinal system, such that it reduces the level of toxicity in the body and acts as a substance that causes vomiting when something toxic has entered into the body.
It may also interest you to know that the organic compound build-up found in bay leaves are also potent in settling serious cases of stomach upset and irritable bowel syndrome.
Sometimes our body system finds it difficult to digest some of the complex protein found in our diet, the bay leaf has some distinctive enzymes that can effectively act as a catalyst to facilitate such digestion.
Perfect for insomnia
Bay leaf which is the major component of the bay leaf tea has some element of sedative properties that usually helps with curing insomnia. it is said that a cup of the tea before going to bed is an affecting way to treat insomnia.
Promotes a healthy heart
The bay leaf tea has phytochemicals that basically protects the heart against diseases like heart attack and stroke. It also caffeic acids that improve the functionality of heart and Rutin that strengthens the capillary walls of the heart. Boiling the bay leaf with water and drinking it is a vital way to fight off heart diseases.
You might not know it but the bay leaf tea contains linalool which is commonly associated with oregano and thyme. It is also known for having a relaxing effect that helps in reducing stress levels drastically, especially when used in aromatherapy.
Therefore, it is recommended you adopt the habit of taking at least a cup of bay leaf tea to calm you down when you are stressed.
Helps in treating diabetes
The bay leaf has the tendency to reduce levels cholesterol and glucose in the blood. Polyphenol also happens to be the most effective component in the bay leaf tea for diabetes as it helps to control glucose in the blood.
A cup of bay leaf tea, therefore, is very potent in treating type 2 diabetes. More so the antioxidants in the leaf also help insulin to function effectively and efficiently.
Bay leaf usually contains a combination of antioxidants and organic compounds and also includes catechins, Linalool, and phytonutrients that help to fight off free radicals that can healthy cells to mutate into cancerous cells in the body.
Potent pain reliever
A cup of bay leaf tea is quite effective in alleviating the pain of sprain strain and arthritis and it also helps in fighting inflammation. it is an amazing way to cure headaches and migraine. Helps in increasing blood circulation.
Strengthens the immune system
The bay leaf tea due to the presence of the bay leaf contains vitamins A and C and also zinc that helps to strengthen the immune system. They also increase the ability of the white blood cells to fight off invaders.
Bay Leaf Tea Side Effects
The bay leaf does indeed have some amazing health benefits no doubt but its quite unfortunate that it has some side effects but not to worry as its benefits practically outweigh the side effect.
Here are some of the side effect of consuming the bay leaf tea.
Blood sugar control
Although consuming the bay leaf tea helps in lowering blood sugar levels but there has been complained of the leaf doing otherwise so it best that you consult your doctor if you are already on medications as per high blood sugar issues.
Pregnancy and most likely breastfeeding
There isn’t much to say to how consuming the bay leaf tea affects pregnancy but as they say, prevention is better than cure. Please to be on safer side avoiding consuming the bay leaf tea when you are pregnant.
For the fact, the bay leaf tends to slow down the central nervous system it only means that it incurs problems during surgery as per the use of anesthesia. It is therefore advisable to avoid consuming the bay leaf tea for a couple of weeks before going into surgery.
In conclusion, the bay leaf is a household item that has numerous health benefits and I have stressed enough on not only its usefulness but also and more importantly how to make the bay leaf tea amongst other essential information on this amazing tea.
So, if you have not started forming the habit of taking at least a cup of this amazing tea a day then you are surely missing out.