Bay leaf is an aromatic leaf that is mainly used for cooking purposes, but what most people don’t know is the fact the herb has many more uses that are quite unexpected. The herb is full of detoxifying properties and many more properties that have surprising uses. Bay leaves can deal with respiratory issues, bacterial infections, and many more benefits. Without further ado, here are 8 bay leaves benefits and uses you never knew about.
1. Anxiety and fatigue.
The bay leaf has many chemicals that give it a calm and psychedelic effect once burned. Simply light two or three dried bay leaves, then breath in the vapor and you’ll start feeling relaxed. The main benefit of this method is that it does not make feel sleepy at all, but it kicks out the fatigue and wakes you up.
2. Respiratory system.
Bay leaves can work like stimulants for respiratory tracts and they can help you dislodge mucus and phlegm sitting in the lungs. To make the most out of bay leaves, you can either inhale steam treated with dried, oil, or fresh bay leaves or massage bay leaf oil on the chest area to treat asthma and asthma.
All you have to do is to mix bay leaf oil with warm jojoba oil, then massage the mixture while still warm to your scalp and use a towel to wrap your head, the rest for an entire hour, or simply add a couple of drops of bay leaf oil to your normal shampoo.
A study conducted by the NWFP Agricultural University in Peshawar, Pakistan, and the USDA Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center found that bay leaves can be used to treat people with type 2 diabetes. The study found that consumption of 3 grams of bay leaves daily can reduce the levels of glucose.
A lot of cultures around the world used to use bay leaves because of the heating and healing properties it has to offer. Bay leaf can boost the digestive fire, that is why you should add it to your daily diet, or simply rub the bay leaf oil on the stomach area right after eating to promote the secretion of digestive juices, enzymes, and bile.
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