What is Bay Leaf? Laurus nobilis is the scientific classification of the laurel tree, an evergreen tree known for its thick, smooth leaves that produce a unique, intense aroma. Although the laurel tree is the specific variety found in historical Asia Minor, the pimenta racemosa is the West Indian variety known as the bay leaf tree. The leaves from this tree have been used in traditional medicine, natural pesticide, cologne making, cooking and are also believed to have some magical powers of protection from the spiritual realm. The leaves are steeped to make tea to help various medical issues from insomnia, migraine, digestive and menstrual issues. Placing a few leaves in the kitchen cupboards, the pantry, and sacks of flour can help keep away roaches and weevils. Unfortunately, the intense aroma and natural essential oils are toxic to consume. Still, they are excellent when making Bay Rum, a local cologne used to refresh and cool the body in humid Caribbean climates. When making soups or stews, throwing in a bay leaf adds a unique flavor with woody black pepper, mint, and cinnamon notes. The mythical tales of Ancient Greece regard laurel trees as sacred. In Asia, they are connected to the moon's phases, and in the Caribbean, they protect against Maljoe or evil spirits. With all of this in mind, please take a moment to enjoy our Bay Leaf Tea recipe as you reflect on how incredible something so simple could be so impressive.
If you are a tea lover, you'll also love this recipe for How to make Cinnamon Tea.
What does bay leaf tea do for you?
How long do you boil bay leaves?
Does bay leaf raise blood pressure?
Are fresh bay leaves better than dried?
- 4 Bay Leaves (dry or fresh)
- 32 oz Water
- Honey Or Sugar to taste
Subscribe and get inspired with our creative and delicious recipes!
Add new comment