Bay Leaf Tea

This morning instead of the regular tea I opted to make something more local; I felt for bay leaf tea. Since I have a bay leaf tree (Laurus Nobililis) in my backyard it was just a matter of picking a few leaves to make the tea. Other than the bay leaf there are a lot of different herbs we Trinis use to make tea some of which we drink casually in the morning or evening but most of them we drink because of their medicinal properties.

The Benefits of Bay Leaf

So you may be wondering what ailment I had this morning…Actually nothing’s wrong with me, but I’m still sure to obtain the benefits of drinking bay leaf tea. You see bay leaf contains Eugenol which has anti fungal, anti inflammatory, anti bacterial and anti oxidant properties. So this leaf could be used to treat a myriad of ailments from digestive disorders to pain. Added to this when drunk before a meal it helps maintain blood sugar levels by helping the body process insulin quickly. Click here for more information. Bay leaf is truly a wonder but then I would have to say that for all the different bush we use.

The  Soothing Aroma of Bay Leaf Tea

Even though there are so many medicinal benefits of bay leaf, I find that the aroma and taste of a hot cup of bay leaf tea is also very soothing. While boiling the leaves, the sweet scent perfumes the whole kitchen. Then while you’re drinking the tea, the warmth engulfs your stomach bringing calm. This tea is like a herbal peacemaker …. So next time you have a bit of an upset stomach, flu or fever etc., instead of running for a pill or two, try some bay leaf tea; a simple and natural alternative. What do you think? Here’s Bay Leaf Tea.

Bay Leaf Tea Recipe

 

Bay Leaf Tea

BAY LEAF TEA

 

4 bay leaf
1 1/2 cup water
sugar to taste
milk to taste (optional)

 

Place the leaves in a small pot of water.
Bring to a boil.
Pour in a teacup. Notice the light pink colour.
Sweeten to taste. You can add milk if you want.
See how simple that was? Look out for some more of our local Trini teas in the future. Bye!

 

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7 Responses to Bay Leaf Tea

  1. Angie's Recipes August 6, 2009 at 5:21 am #

    The bay leaf tea sounds very interesting…. didn’t know that it helps the upsetting stomach. Thanks for the tip.

    Angie’s Recipes

  2. Angie's Recipes August 6, 2009 at 5:24 am #

    Just grabbed your badge!
    Angie’s Recipes

  3. IcEwOLf August 6, 2009 at 12:37 pm #

    These are fresh bay leaves? Can the tea be made with the dry ones?…if this question is dumb I apologize I’m a novice :P

  4. Felix August 6, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    Of course you can use dried leaves. No question is dumb :-)

  5. judy October 3, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    Judy, Do you know how long you can store dry bay leaves?

  6. Felix October 3, 2011 at 1:24 am #

    A very long time :-)

  7. solete January 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    I’ve read you shouldn’t store bay leaves for more than a year, but don’t remember the source.

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