Bay leaves have a noble and long history. The ancient Greeks and Romans have made crowns of Bay Leaves to crown great and respected people like kings, Olympians or war heroes.
Bay leaves have medicinal properties and are also present in cooking. Dried bay leaves have a nice, warm aroma. The leaf is added to stews, dishes that are cooked for a long period of time and soups. Before serving the bay leaf is removed from the meal.
The aroma of the bay leaves is more noticeable than their taste.
Medicinally, the bay leaves have been used for a long time to treat problems correlated with the liver, kidney and stomach. They were also used in the treatment of wasp and bee stings. Nowadays, herbalists reveal a wide range of uses of bay leaves for treating various health conditions. They can be helpful in treatments from diabetes, migraine, abdominal pain, high blood pressure and fungal and bacterial infections.

healing power of bay leaves

Here are some conditions in which bay leaves can be beneficial:

Coughs & Colds

Boil the bay leaves and soak a cloth in the water. Applying this can provide relief from cold, cough, bronchitis and chest infections.


Infusion of bay leaves promotes sweating, breaking flu symptoms and fever.

Aches & Pains

Essential Oil made of bay leaf has anti-inflammatory properties and is used for massaging and relieving headaches. Also, it provides relief from rheumatic and arthritic pain.


Bay leaves are effective for promoting digestion and treating digestive disorders such as flatulence and heartburn. Concoction of hot water and bay leaves can alleviate constipation, irregular bowel movements and acid reflux.


There have been some researches showing that bay leaves can be efficient in treating type 2 diabetes due to their ability to reduce blood glucose, triglyceride and cholesterol levels. For better results these leaves should be powdered and eaten for 30 days. With this, sugar levels in the body will drop and the heart functioning will improve.

bay leaves benefits

Clean teeth

If you want sparkling, white teeth, just brush them with powder of bay leaves one time in 3 days.

Dandruff & Hair Loss

For treating dandruff you can use a rinse of infused bay leaves, which is shown very effective. Also, a bay leaf tea or oil is suggested as a great cure for hair loss.

Where to find bay leaf?

You can find them in the herbs and spice isle of Asian or Indian grocery stores.