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Bay leaf uses: All you need to know - 24 Mantra Organic

Bay leaf uses: All you need to know - 24 Mantra Organic

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5 Brilliant Uses of Bay Leaves

Organic Food
19.03.2021

Bay leaf is a common spice even though there is so much uncertainty about using it as a flavour enhancer. It comes from the laurel tree and is used as a herb in cooking various dishes. It is available as a whole leaf – either dried or fresh – or in powdered form.

The leaves are commonly added to slow cooking recipes such as stews, soups, sauces, and biryani. These leaves are removed before serving and are generally not consumed along with the dish. In addition to cooking, bay leaf uses also vary from pain relief balms to moth repellents. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this herb, its nutritional value, and its top uses.

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What is a bay leaf?

Bay leaf is a leaf from the laurel tree and has a floral and herbal scent similar to oregano and thyme. It has several health benefits as it is rich in essential nutrients such as fibre, vitamins, minerals, and folic acid. Bay leaves can treat an upset stomach, pain, inflammation, and even diabetes. One of the most common bay leaf uses is cooking as it has high nutritional value.

Nutritional value of bay leaves

Nutrients
Serving size

100 grams

Calories 313 16%
Protein 7.61 g 13%
Carbs 74.97 g 57%
Vitamin C 46.5 mg 78%
Total Fat 8.36 g 29%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Niacin 2.005 mg 13%
Folate 180 mcg 45%
Calcium 834 mg 83%
Iron 43 mg 537%
Magnesium 120 mg 30%
Phosphorus 113 mg 16%
Potassium 529 mg 11%
Sodium 23 mg 2%
Zinc 3.70 mg 33%
Copper 0.416 mg 46%
Manganese 8.167 mg 355%
Selenium 2.8 mg 5%
Vitamin A 6185 IU 206%
Pyridoxine 1.70 mg 133%
Dietary Fiber 26.3 mg 69%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie need.
Source: Nutrition and You

 

Top 5 bay leaf uses

1. Bay leaf uses for body aches

Bay leaf has medicinal properties and is a key ingredient in ayurvedic medicines. It is also antirheumatic, helping keep the body warm and improve circulation. Therefore, it is the perfect herb for treating muscular and articular aches and pains. Oil extracted from bay leaves is used in making balm and ointments that can be applied to the affected area for immediate relief.

2. Bay leaf for hair

The oil from bay leaves is applied to the hair to promote blood circulation and hair growth. It is considered good for the general health of hair and scalp. Bay leaf oil is infused with other oils such as coconut or olive oil and applied on hair and scalp for shiny, strong, and healthy hair.

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3. Bay leaf uses for digestion

One of the most common uses of organic bay leaves is in cooking. Adding this spice to a dish helps aid digestion and increases the absorption of vitamins and minerals. You can add either fresh or a dried organic leaf. It is recommended not to eat the leaf since it is hard and has sharp edges.

4. Bay leaf for inflammation

If you are suffering from inflammation or sore throat, then having a cup of bay leaves tea provides instant relief [1]. Here is a great recipe for throat infection:

Use 3-5 bay leaves and boil them, simmering the water for at least 5-10 minutes. Pour the water into a cup and add honey. Stir and sip hot. You can also use it as a gargle.

5. Bay leaf as moth repellent

Bay leaf uses also include keeping the spice to repel pantry moths. Simply place a handful of dried leaves into closed containers containing ingredients like breadcrumbs, flour, rice, etc.

Conclusion

Organic bay leaf is a wonderful addition to your kitchen garden. It is a versatile plant that not only has several medicinal properties but also acts as an insect repellent. It can be cooked with dishes, extracted into potent, medicinal oil, or used in the pantry.

 

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