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Today we’re going to take a brief look at the culinary and medicinal uses of Bay Laurel leaves.
Medicinally Bay Laurel can be taken as a tea to soothe stomaches and relieve gas. The leaves also have diaphoretic properties and can induce vomiting when taken in large quantities. The oil of bay laurel can al be applied externally as an antiseptic and to treat sprains, bruises, and arthritis.
In the kitchen, bay leaves are typically used dry as fresh leaves contain bitter tasting compounds that drying removes. Leaves are added to soups and stews to flavor the broth and are removed before eating. Leaves may also be used in pickling, marinades, and baking.
Around the home bay leaves are used to make fragrant wreaths and garlands, and to repel insects from the pantry.
Bay Leaf Tea– It’s a little unclear what type of bay she uses, but it looks like any variety will work.
Fresh Bites Daily has recipes for bay leaf custard drinks and desserts. I can’t try these because of my food allergies, but they look interesting.
* I have not had a chance to try any of these recipes yet. If you do try them, let me know how they go!
Flower Power: Bay Laurel by Jacqueline Soule on Rodale’s Organic Life
Planetary Herbology by Michael Tierra
A Modern Herbal Volume II by Mrs. M. Grieve