Bay leaf is an aromatic leaf commonly used in cooking. It can be whole or ground dried pieces of the plant. If eaten whole, bay leaves (Laurus nobilis) are pungent and have a sharp, bitter taste. As with many spices and flavourings, the fragrance of the bay leaf is more noticeable than its taste. When dried, the fragrance is herbal, slightly floral, and somewhat similar to oregano and thyme.
*Bay (laurel) leaves are frequently packaged as tejpatta (the Hindi term for Indian bay leaf), creating confusion between the two herbs.
Most common ways Bay Leaf is used in culinary dishes:
Bay leaf is a standard ingredient in many savory soups and stews. People tend to use them sparingly, adding a leaf here and there chilis and everyone’s favourite homemade spaghetti sauce. Bay leaf can also be made into Tea.
Health Benefits of Bay Leaf
Bay leaf is nutrition packed and offer a healthy dose of vitamins A, C, magnesium, calcium, manganese, potassium, and iron. Bay Leaf can soothe body ache and ease joint pain. Bay leaf is also known to help with blood sugar balance and be immune supportive. It is a scalp health aid, good for digestion and reduce overall congestion.
Other common uses for Bay Leaf as a dietary suppliment or treatment.
Bay leaf burning has been used a way to relieve stress and anxiety for centuries. People who burn bay leaves regularly note that the smoke puts you in a “psychedelic state,” but it doesn’t make you tired; the smoke can calm your body while simultaneously perking you up.
Substitutions for Bay Leaf in Reciepes
Substitute 1/4 tsp. dried thyme or oregano, for each bay leaf or 1/4 tsp. crushed bay leaf called for in the recipe.
Storage Tips for Bay Leaf
Sort through your fresh bay leaves and discard any that are discolored, brown or spotted. Fold the paper towels in half if necessary to fit them into your resealable plastic bag. Place the folded paper towels into your resealable plastic bag and seal the bag tightly.
Our standard word of caution….
As with anything. Every person and body is different. Interactions are not likely but depending on diet, other suppliments or medicines taken one shouldnt blindly ingest Bay Leaf. Though reactions or concerns are highly unlikely it is recommended and just plain good advice to consult with your doctor prior to using, trying or adding to your routine. A little moderation is usually best and overdoing anything isnt good for you.