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Bay also called as sweet bay is an ancient culinary and medicinal evergreen shrub or small tree. It’s fragrance is pungent and aromatic. Bay leaves are leathery, short-stemmed and dry. Bay leaves and fruits contain essential oils which are used externally for sprains, bruises, treating arthritis, headaches, joint pains, swelling, stomach ulcers, bronchitis, and flu symptoms and sometimes dropped into the ears to relieve pain. Bay laurel contains antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Bay oil, pressed from the berries and leaves, can be made into salves and ointment for palsy, convulsions, cramps, aches and pains, tremblings, numbness, and skin problems, like itchy, scabs, eczema, bruises, sunburn. The fruit and leaves stimulate the digestive system. A decoction of fruit or leaves, made into a paste with honey or syrup, can be applied to the chest for colds and other chest problems.

Berries are used to get rid of gas, colic, indigestion, for delayed menses, helpful in expelling afterbirth and during childbirth, treats poisonous insect bites, snake bites, wasp stings, smallpox, typhoid fever, measles, diphtheria, chronic coughs, asthma, worms, increases flow of urine, gargle for sore throats, tonsillitis, lung problems. The bark is used for stones in the kidneys, bladder problems, and various liver problems. The leaves are used to drive away fleas, lice, moths, and bugs in flour and cereals. Bay contains astringent, diuretic, and appetite stimulant properties.Infusions of herb parts are reputed to soothe the stomach and relieve flatulence and colic pain. The components in the essential oil can also be used in many traditional medicines in the treatment of arthritis, muscle pain, bronchitis and flu symptoms. Helps in lowering the stress levels of the body and provide relief from anxiety. Bay also helps to prevent cancerous cell in the body. It also aids in reducing inflammation caused by sore joints and arthritis. The lauric acid in the bay laurel leaves has insect repellent properties.


Related Herbs

Sage herb, Basil

Alternate Name

Laurus Nobilis,Sweet Bay,True Laurel, Bay, Laurier d'Apollon, Roman Laurel, Noble Laurel, Lorbeer, Laurier Sauce, Daphne


  • Are the Bay leaves edible?  
    It is believed that Bay leaves are poisonous and should be removed before eating but that's not true they can be eaten without any toxic effect.  

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