6 Surprising Health Benefits Of Bay Leaves

Fresh bay leaves in a wooden bowl

Bay leaves are not just for adding a wow factor to your dish. They can do a lot more things including adding some health benefits. This article is all about unfolding the surprising benefits of bay leaves on our health. Heres why you should definitely include them in your life too.

They help in reducing sugar levels

According to studies, bay leaves can do wonders when it comes to reducing sugar levels. Those who are suffering from diabetes, can consider having 1-2 tablespoons of ground bay leaves and see significant results within a few months.

Good for heart

Bay leaves are a great source of rutin and caffeic acid which further helps in tightening the walls of your heart. This tightening of heart walls also helps in decreasing cholesterol levels which is again a plus point. So, have a few bay leaves in your diet and keep your heart healthy.

Aids digestion

When it comes to curing digestive problems, nothing can beat the bay leaves. They are known to give a tough fight to all digestive issues - be it bloating or constipation -  and help to get your digestion back on track. The diuretic properties contained in bay leaves help your body release toxins and stimulate digestive juices.

Pain reliever

We often feel trapped in some sort of joint pain - be it the pain in the knees, elbows, or back. Bay leaves, with superb anti-inflammatory properties inside, can help you get rid of all forms of joint pain in minutes. Just make a fine paste of ground bay leaf and castor leaves and apply it on the affected area. Rest it there for 20 minutes and wipe it off with a towel. Repeat it for 2-3 days and you will feel the difference.

Keeps your teeth clean

woman showing her clean and white teeth

If you are using Ayurvedic toothpaste, you might have seen a picture of bay leaves on its packet. This is because, bay leaves, when applied in a powder form, can make your teeth sparkling white. Brush your teeth with powdered bay leaves at least once a week and you will see that your teeth are cleaner and shinier than before.

Relieves stressed skin

You can also use bay leaves to prevent wrinkles and fold lines. Bay leaf helps to de-stress your skin which further helps in making it ageless. To use a bay leaf as a skin de-stress supplement, boil 5 dried bay leaves with 2 cups of water in a closed container. Then remove the lid and let it boil for about 2 minutes. Transfer the liquid to a separate container and inhale and exhale the steam in the same way as you do in cold.

These are some of the surprising health benefits of bay leaves that one should definitely explore. Including bay leaves in our life is so good for our hearts, digestive system, mouth, and even for our skin.

Hope you find this information helpful. Do let us know your thoughts in the comment section. 

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