As you probably know, the answer to almost any disease is hiding in nature. There are many natural remedies which can treat any ailment without putting your health in danger. For centuries, people relied on natural medicine in order to treat anything from minor wounds to the plague, and the results have been pretty great. One of the most common natural remedies used in the past are laurel (bay) leaves.
The laurel plant is native to the Black Sea and the Mediterranean region as well as south and north parts of Europe. The plant grows in warm climates, although it can also be grown in containers at home. It doesn’t require much care – you just need to water it regularly and make sure to bring it inside in extreme heat and cold. As we mentioned, the laurel leaves have been used against a variety of health problems with great success.
Health benefits of bay leaves
The so-called bay leaves have a variety of benefits for our health. They can help treat the following diseases and conditions:
- Muscle problems
- Digestive problems (gasses, indigestion, bloating)
- Skin infections
- Premenstrual problems
- Lack of energy
The best way to get all the benefits of the leaves is to prepare a tea from them. Here’s what you need to do:
- 30 gr. of bay leaves (dried)
Just like with any tea, bring the water to a boil, add the leaves, then cover the pot and let the mixture steep for 10 minutes. Strain it afterwards and add some honey, then enjoy the warm tea up to twice a day.
Here are some of the great health benefits of the laurel leaves tea:
Cook 5-6 bay leaves in 1 liter of water, then add the cooked leaves in a bath and soak for 15-20 minutes.
Great for your digestion
Drinking bay leaves tea regularly will provide your body with a high amount of vitamins A and C as well as potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium and manganese. Due to this, the leaves will boost your digestion and prevent a variety of digestive problems including colic, ulcers and bloating. You can grind the leaves and use them in your meals, soups and stews as a seasoning.
Treats the symptoms of arthritis
In order to soothe the pain in your joints, you should massage them with bay leaves oil. This will soothe the inflammation in them and reduce the pain and other symptoms of arthritis.
Treats skin infections
The leaves have powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties which makes them ideal against a variety of skin infections. To eliminate eczema, psoriasis and other skin problems, you should apply a compress with laurel leaves on the affected area.
Treats respiratory problems
For a long time, the bay leaves tea was used to treat respiratory problems such as asthma and allergies. Drink the tea or apply bay leaves compress on the chest in order to treat the symptoms of these problems.
Suffering from dandruff? Just rinse your hair with laurel leaves tea. It will destroy the fungi that are causing the problem and get rid of the flaking on the scalp.
Drinking a few cups of the tea every day will put your glucose levels under control and prevent the development of diabetes.
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