Bay leaves are usually used in the culinary arts. Many are the ones who add their flavor in our preparations, for being a refreshing and aromatic herb. But not everybody knows about its properties for our health.
The ancient Greeks crowned its war heroes and Olympic with a Crown of Bay leaves and not for nothing. This herb comes from the Lauraceae family and it has been used for centuries in traditional medicine. It is also considered as a symbol of honour.
According to a study, people who ate Bay leaves ground twice a day managed to reduce your blood sugar level. With this it was discovered that the leaves contain compounds that help process insulin more efficiently.
In addition, the study showed a decrease in the levels of total cholesterol, being also beneficial to people with a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Improves heart health
Routine and caffeic acid containing Bay leaves strengthen the walls of the heart and reduce cholesterol levels. When cholesterol levels are high it leads to a buildup of plaque, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
It helps with digestion
Bay leaf helps to remove Toxin from the body excess since it has diuretic properties, and also stimulates the digestive juices. The enximas that contains help break down food more efficiently to be a great help for those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome.
It relieves pain
The anti-inflammatory properties of Bay leaves help to people who suffer from pain in their joints or suffer from arthritis.
With bay leaves ground with Castor leaves can create a paste and apply it on the affected area. Wait 20 minutes to take effect. You can also apply a Bay laurel oil massage in the front to remove the headache.
It acts against cancer
Bay leaf contains many phytonutrients and catechins, both compounds that attack cancer cells, so it is useful to destroy them.
Other studies have shown that extracts of laurel helped to kill breast cancer cells.
Laurel contains antimicrobial and antibacterial, properties so it is useful to treat wounds, scars and infections such as candida.
It soothes the throat
These sheets are capable of clearing the respiratory system, as well as eliminate the cough.
Boil 4 or 5 leaves of laurel in water and when she has cooled a little, soak a towel with water and apply it on the chest who is sick.
It is kidney stones
According to a study of bay leaf helps to reduce the level of urease in the body, which if it is too high can lead to develop kidney stones and gastric problems.
An infusion of leaves of laurel at the end of the day will help you to relax and calm down from daily stress. This home remedy is known for preventing anxiety and induce sleep.
It promotes the growth of hair and eliminates dandruff
Laurel leaves contain compounds that enhance and help the hair, even eliminate dandruff.
Boil some Bay leaves in water and wait for it to cool a bit to rinse the hair with this remedy. After the treatment you should wash it with shampoo. To eliminate dandruff mixed Bay leaves ground with coconut oil and apply it on the scalp, wait 30 minutes to take effect and finished washing it with warm water.
- Not recommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers since the Bay leaves can cause uterine contractions.
- It is recommended that those who are going to undergo surgery stop consuming laurel two weeks before surgery, especially if it’s something related to the central nervous system.