One can appreciate why the ancients so revered the Bay Laurel. Some of the most impressive health benefits of bay leaves include their ability to detoxify the body, slow the aging process, speed wound healing, protect the body from bacterial infections, manage diabetes, improve heart health, reduce inflammation, alleviate respiratory issues, optimize digestion, and prevent certain types of cancer.
Bay leaves have a very strong effect on the gastrointestinal system, both stimulating urination as a diuretic.
The organic compounds found in bay leaves are very effective for settling upset stomachs, soothing irritable bowel syndrome, or even lessening the symptoms of Celiacís disease.
Some of the more complex proteins in our modern diet can be difficult to digest, but the unique enzymes found in bay leaves help to facilitate efficient digestion and nutrient intake.
Bay leaf Oil:
Oil expressed from the leaves & berries, is used to treat arthritic aches and pains, lower back pain, earaches, and sore muscles and sprains.
Bay leaves are the source of an essential oil with the same analgesic and warming properties. Bay laurel contains parthenolides, the same chemical in feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) that is thought to prevent migraine headaches.
Bay laurel leaves are dried and used in cooking, mainly to flavor meats and stews and which aids digestion by removing intestinal gas and for combating abdominal pain.
Bay leaves can be taken in tea, used in herbal baths, and infused in oil.
Bay laurel oil is used topically to relieve pain. The oil has a herbaceous and spicy scent.
Bay laurel oil is said to be a good tonic for the hair, stimulating hair growth and fighting dandruff.
Caution: do not use if pregnant. Bay oil should not be taken internally but rather applied topically.