Laurel is a perennial and evergreen shrub of the Lauraceae family. Not very demanding with regard to the soil on which it grows, it does however need a warm climate and good exposure to the sun. This is the reason why it is found in particular around the Mediterranean and on the coast of south-west France.
Bay leaf or bay leaf is a Mediterranean herb made from the fresh or dried leaves of Laurus nobilis. An essential oil is extracted from it.
To make your bay leaf tea:
take 5 to 10 g of dried leaves which you pour into 1 liter of boiling water;
leave to infuse for 10 minutes and filter;
enjoy 2 to 3 cups of herbal tea daily.
After three weeks, take an eight-day break, then start again if you feel the need.
An experiment (2020) on thirty volunteers showed that a laurel tea dosed at 5 g of dry leaves per 100 ml of water administered for 10 days improves the blood lipid profile.
In massage oil thanks to the drupes (berries)
In decoction for use as a gargle or on compresses
As an infusion with dried bay leaves (3 to 4 leaves per cup), let them steep for 10 minutes. you can drink it between meals for flu symptoms and after meals for digestive properties.
Here are the many health benefits of laurel:
bay leaves stimulate the appetite
bay leaves facilitate digestion by fighting against bloating, too slow digestion, insufficient perspiration.
bay leaves fight against urinary tract infections
bay leaves are effective against toothache (as a gargle)
bay leaves purify for the hair (in rinsing water)
bay leaves are effective against flu-like conditions (sinusitis, cough, etc.)
in massage oil, the laurel is beneficial for the joints in case of back pain, rheumatism, neuralgia, arthritis…
The bay leaf is also attributed the most diverse virtues: to regrow hair or fight against oily hair, relieve sweaty feet, etc.