Bay leaf derives form the lauraceae family and has an aromatic scent that is known for insect repelling properties as wells as being included in your favourite soups and Mediterranean dishes. Bay leaf is widely used for cooking but also has medicinal properties.
Some of these properties include:
Rich source of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) which is a natural antioxidant that helps to remove free radicals in the body. Vitamin C is a known immune booster, rapid wound healer and also has anti-viral effects. It is high in folic acid which is important in DNA synthesis and when taken during the peri-conception period to prevent neural tube defects in babies.
High source if Vitamin A; healthy for visual sight. Vitamin A is required for mucus and skin health. Consuming Vitamin A aids to protect from lung and oral cavity concerns. Renowned for it’s B-complex vitamins that are essential in enzyme synthesis, nervous system function and regulating body metabolism. These are, niacin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid and riboflavin. Contains many minerals; copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc and magnesium.
It can provide relief from coughs, colds, bronchitis and chest infections. The essential oil can be used to massage onto sprained areas and relieve headaches, rheumatic and arthritic pains and reduces swelling. An infusion of bay leaves can promote sweating, breaking fever and flu symptoms. It can also be used as a treatment of digestive disorders, reducing flatulence, colic pain and smooths stomach ulcers.
Studies have shown that using bay leaves reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes thus improving insulin function. It’s astringent, diuretic, and has appetite stimulant properties. As well as making any soup taste extra delicious!
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