West Indian bay leaves come from the bay leaf tree which grows in sunny climates. Also referred to as ‘spice tree’ or ‘bay rum tree’. Our Bay leaf is freshly picked from the St Lucia bay leaf tree, then dried using the natural heat from the glorious St Lucia sun.
Bay leaves are traditionally used as a cooking herb and added to cooked dishes such as soups and stews. Adding just 1 or 2 leaves provides a depth of flavour to the dish with its distinctive, aromatic taste.
Bay leaves can also be prepared as a tea. The leaf is said to have medicinal properties that help treat numerous ailments. You can also try burning bay leaf during spiritual practices to cleanse your space.
Benefits of Bay Leaf:
Rich in vitamins Bay leaves are a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
Good for digestion Bay leaves can help to promote healthy digestion; they can help relieve symptoms of heartburn and flatulence. Drinking bay leaf tea is said to help treat issues relating to the digestive system such as constipation, acid reflux and irregular bowel movements.
Helps treat kidney problems Drinking bay leaf tea twice daily can help in treating kidney stones and kidney infections.
Good for the cardiovascular system Bay leaves can help to prevent issues with the cardiovascular system such as heart attacks and strokes. They can help to improve heart health and function due to the compounds that they contain.
Helps with managing diabetes Bay leaves contain antioxidants which allow the body to process insulin more efficiently. Drinking Bay leaf tea daily can help to lower blood sugar levels as well as, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. (Be sure to consult a medical professional if you are already taking medication!).
Pain relief It is said that bay leaves can work against muscle aches and pains as they have anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Bay leaf can help with joint pains and swelling.
State of relaxation Many people use bay leaves in meditation practice by burning the leaf. When the leaf is burned it is said to produce a nerve soothing effect, which can put you in a relaxed state of mind, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety. The burning of the leaf can also be done to cleanse sacred spaces.
Skin improvement Bay leaves can help to improve the appearance of the skin and reduce wrinkles. They may also be used to help with skin rashes and treat dandruff.
How to prepare Bay Leaf Tea:
Add 1litre of cold water to a pot (preferably spring or distilled water)
Bring water to a boil
Once the water is boiling add 3 leaves to the pot and reduce heat
Cover pot and let simmer for 10 – 15 minutes
Turn off the heat, let steep until cool enough to drink
Strain the leaves so you are left with just the tea
Pour into your teacup and enjoy
Remaining tea can be stored in a sealable glass jar in the fridge for later use, this can either be enjoyed cold as an iced tea or reheated.
Store leaves in a dark, dry place
What does Bay Leaf Tea taste of?
West Indian bay leaf is extremely fragrant and aromatic. Its taste is much more potent than that of the Bay Laurel or Indian bay leaf. The flavour is somewhat like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and allspice all in one!
Ingredients: 100% Dried Bay Leaf (Pimenta Racemosa)
*Please note the listed health benefits of our products are subject to opinion and should not be taken as medical advice. Nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another. You should always consult with a medical professional before incorporating herbal remedies into your diet, particularly if you are taking medication, pregnant or breastfeeding.
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