How to prepare a bay leaf tea
The laurel plant is characterized by having different healing and medicinal properties, which can be extremely useful for the treatment of various ailments and ailments.
This explains why knowing how to make an excellent infusion based on bay leaves or berries can certainly be a valid alternative to drugs.
First, you will need to get fresh untreated bay leaves from your herbalist; secondly, we must have honey, two cups of water and a lemon zest.
The first thing to do is undoubtedly to let the water reach the boiling temperature in a special saucepan.
Once the water boils, turn off the heat and pour it into the cup together with the fresh bay leaves: at this point, leave the mixture to infuse for at least ten minutes.
We add the lemon zest (cutting it into sticks) and then let our infusion rest for another five minutes.
The final operation will be to filter the infusion and then add, in case we want to make it a little sweeter, a spoonful of honey and drink it hot.
To prepare a bay leaf infusion as an excellent digestive, in case you were dealing with large meals, it is necessary to use only two bay leaves (which can be dried in a small container) and an organic lemon peel.
To sweeten this infusion you can also use cane sugar: it is essential to drink the infusion made from bay leaf when it is still hot and poor digestion will no longer be a problem.
Beneficial effects of bay leaf infusion
In ancient times, Hippocrates indicated the fumigation of bay leaves to soothe all those ailments that could arise during childbirth.
Pliny also speaks quite widely of the healing properties of laurel, since he considered it above all effective and useful for treating sciatica.
In any case, both the leaves and the laurel berries, over the centuries, have been used because of their remarkable anti-catarrhal properties, but also to adequately combat rheumatism.
Furthermore, we must not forget how the laurel is also characterized by remarkable carminative properties, which are very important in contrasting cases of meteorism, but also cholagogue properties, that is, they have a stimulating action against the secretion and outflow of bile.
We must not forget also a digestive action, very useful to counteract dyspepsia cases and, at the same time, emmenagogue, to treat disorders such as amenorrhea.
The use of laurel-based products is especially indicated for the treatment of all those ailments that affect the digestive system, especially to treat children's diarrhea.
In any case, when you want to focus on external use, certainly the infusion based on bay leaves is one of the best solutions to combat scabies, alopecia, gout and rheumatism.
Certainly the infusions based on laurel can be particularly effective for the treatment of colds and to eradicate phlegm in the bronchi and lungs.
The infusion of laurel is able to strengthen the stomach and can undoubtedly stimulate the appetite
Recipes for preparing a laurel infusion
For the treatment of all those ailments, especially catarrhals, which can affect the bronchi or for the treatment of irritation of the digestive tract, there is nothing better than preparing an infusion based on laurel.
In this case, however, it will be necessary to obtain dried laurel flowers, about forty grams, which must be poured into a cup full of boiling water (one liter).
At this point, let the mixture rest for at least thirty minutes, and then proceed with great scrupulousness and attention to carry out the filtering operation.
We remind you that, on this occasion, the recommended dosage is four cups a day, to always drink between meals and to be taken when the mixture is still very hot.
If, on the other hand, we intend to counteract a feverish state, we can prepare an appropriate infusion based on laurel.
The first thing to do is to chop the bay leaves (five or six), and then insert them into a cup filled with boiling water.
After filtering the mixture, we can drink our infusion: always remember that you must drink hot, before going to sleep, in order to be able to carry out a stimulating activity on sweating, perhaps even blocking the evolution of colds.
The laurel-based infusion can also be drunk in small sips after each meal, as it is able to perform a relaxing action, promoting digestion and removing intestinal gas.
Warnings on the use of laurel infusion
In particular, it is the essential oil of laurel that can cause allergic contact dermatitis, in all those subjects who have a natural predisposition.
No other side effects of this plant have been proven.
Bay leaf infusion: Bay leaves
In addition to the preparation of herbal teas, infusions and decoctions, bay leaves are widely used in the kitchen, for the preparation of soups, vegetables, meat dishes but also fish. It is especially recommended for the preparation of long cooking foods, such as roasts and stews. In cooking, laurel is mainly used dry. If they are left whole, remember to remove them before bringing the dish to the table. Although they release a delicious aroma when cooked, their taste is not as tasty, in fact, biting into a bay leaf may not be very pleasant! Bay leaves are also used to keep mice, ants and other small insects away. For this they can be left in the drawers where food is stored. If placed, however, inside a package of flour it avoids the formation of larvae.
Laurel: properties and natural remedies
Laurel, or Laurus nobilis, it's a aromatic plant evergreen that grows wild almost everywhere. It has been known since ancient times for its beneficial properties and the symbolism connected to it. Symbol of glory, the laurel leaves in fact encircled the heads of illustrious poets, leaders and emperors. In ancient times the plant was used as a remedy against the plague.
The bay leaves have a greenish color, while its fruits, berries, are blackish. Leaves and berries they can be collected and dried in a dark, dry and ventilated place, and then stored in a hermetically sealed glass container.
Both parts are widely used as homeopathic remedies, for the treatment of different pathologies. The berries, for example, are used in the treatment of skin disorders, for their antiseptic properties, the leaves, on the other hand, are known above all for the benefits on the digestive system.
The composition of berries and leaves is characterized by the presence of polyunsaturated fats, resins, tannins and essential oils. These elements give the plant its typical smell and enrich it with the digestive, antispasmodic, tonic, calming and sweat properties for which it is known.
As mentioned above, the main use of laurel is above all for the benefit of the digestive system, towards which it has a rebalancing, calming and protective action on the gastric mucosa.
What is perhaps less well known is his emmenagogue activity, able to regulate the period. In addition, the infusion of laurel is also used to promote sleep, being a mild sleeping pill.
Leaves and berries are used in the preparation of herbal teas, infusions, decoctions, oils and ointments. Even the dry extract of the leaves retains the most important active ingredients of the plant.
As we said earlier, the different parts of the laurel can be used to obtain various natural remedies. Here, in general, for which pathologies they are used:
- infusion: it is created from dried bay leaves which, when chopped and left to rest for 10 minutes in boiling water, become an excellent drink useful for fighting colds and flu syndromes. The infusion, before being drunk, must naturally be filtered. If taken in the evening it helps to reconcile sleep, if taken after meals, it facilitates digestion
- decoction: the leaves in this case should be boiled for 5 minutes. Once the fire has been extinguished, the decoction should be covered and left to rest for 10 minutes. This remedy is useful against fatigue. The decoction, as well as the infusion, can be sweetened with honey or stevia
- oily decoction: in this case berries are used. Leaving them to boil for a long time in not very abundant water, they produce a decoction with an oily consistency which, applied externally in the form of compresses, has haemostatic and astringent properties
- dust: dried berries, on the other hand, can be crushed and ground into powder. A teaspoon a day is useful against colds
- oleolito: it is obtained by crushing a large handful of berries and macerating the mush in extra virgin olive oil for 3- weeks. After this time, the fruits of our laurel plant are squeezed and everything is filtered. Laurel oil is excellent for soothing the pain caused by rheumatism, but also for helping the joints to recover after trauma and casts
- essential oil: 2 drops of laurel essential oil extracted from the leaves and added to honey is useful against colic and irritable bowel.
Usually, i risks arising from the consumption of laurel occur especially when faced with the intake of very high doses of the plant. In humans, some forms of poisoning may occur due to the fact that laurel is difficult to digest by the body: therefore, the leaves of which, deposited in the gastrointestinal tract, can cause ulcers and stomach blocks. However, those who risk the most are our pets so, in some cases, ingesting laurel can be lethal.
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Bay leaf decoction for sunburn
Exposure to the first rays of the sun without the due and necessary protection with sunscreen, suitable for your skin type, is often the primary cause of the onset of annoying sunburn.
Solar erythema is a typical first degree burn of the skin due to the harmful UV rays of the sun that generally manifests itself with the appearance of reddish macules or vesicles, itching and intense burning that in most cases becomes unbearable if associated with the presence contemporary also of the prickly heat (excessive sweating).
Usually the erythema resolves spontaneously in 4-5 days in 4-5 days with the onset of tanning.
To try to soothe the symptoms of sunburn, here is an ancient remedy that is also effective for the delicate and sensitive skin of children: just take a bath with a decoction of bay leaves.
How to prepare the laurel infusion
It takes 40 fresh bay leaves (preferably freshly picked) and 4 liters of water. Put the water in a saucepan, chop the bay leaves and boil over medium heat for 10 minutes.
Filter the decoction, pour it into the bathtub containing hot water and mix with your hand to favor a homogeneous diffusion.
At this point, just immerse yourself in the water and relax for at least 10 minutes in the pleasant aroma of bay leaves. Relief is immediate and the skin is smooth and fragrant.
Laurel (Laurus nobilis L., 1753) is an aromatic tree species and medicinal plant used since historical times for its many properties.
Origins and History -
Laurel, or laurel, belongs to the group of those plants to which traditions and beliefs have been linked since mythology.
In Greco-Roman mythology, laurel was a sacred plant and symbolized wisdom and glory: a laurel wreath encircled the foreheads of the winners in the Pythian or Delphic Games and constituted the greatest honor for a poet who became a graduate poet. Hence the figurative meaning of a symbol of victory, fame, triumph and honor. In addition, this plant was sacred to Apollo since Daphne, the nymph whom the god fell in love with, asked that the cause of Apollo's fall in love with him be eliminated, and therefore the human aspect was removed by being transformed into Laurel. Apollo then placed the Laurel plant in his garden and vowed to wear it on his head in the form of crowns forever, and said that the same way the Romans did during the parades in the Capitol. It would have been Apollo, in fact, to make this tree evergreen.
The god also established, by encircling his head with wreaths made of laurel leaves, that all mortals who had distinguished themselves for heroic deeds could do the same. Thus it was that in the first Olympics of 776 BC. the winners were crowned with laurel.
The "laurel" is often mentioned in Petrarch's Canzoniere. In the work, in fact, Laura, (also the homophonic game that the poet creates is functional to this metaphor), the woman loved by the lyrical ego, is partly assimilated to this shrub (emblematic is the sestina "Giovene donna sotto un verde laurel" "). Taking up the images of Greek mythology (in particular the myth of Daphne and Apollo), the laurel is a symbol of rejection and inaccessibility, characteristics of Laura. The "laurel" is a symbol of wisdom and glory (in ancient times the poets obtained the poetic honor through a laurel wreath placed over the forehead, becoming "graduates"). The play on words devised by the poet is interesting: he creates the juxtaposition on the one hand between "laurel-auro" (where "auro" means "gold" and refers to the typical luster of women, in particular to his hair) while the pair Laura-the aura (= the air) also appears, as happens in the sonnet 90 They were the golden heads aura scattered.
According to ancient beliefs, the power of divination was also connected to the laurel (Apollo was in fact also the god of the vaticines): the priestess of the god (the Pythia) used to chew bay leaves before prophesying. In popular tradition, however, introducing a bay leaf in the pillowcase makes that night's dream come true.
Honor of emperors and poets, dried bay leaves and berries enter the kitchen as aromatic components in a large number of sauces and dips.
In Roman times, as mentioned, laurel wreaths encircled the heads of the supreme, such as poets, consuls, writers, emperors, and still today the term "graduate", with which those who complete a course of university studies are awarded, derives from this aromatic plant.
In Italy, the tradition of placing a laurel wreath on the head of a graduate student derives from this ancient custom.
In the Middle Ages, the botanist de 'Crescenzi recalled that bay leaves wrapped figs and were placed in jellies to perfume them, also stating that "with whatever they start cooking, its smell greatly increases, comforting the stomach and brain".
Laurel is a plant that appears, as it is often pruned, in the form of a shrub of various sizes but is a real tree up to 10 m tall, with thin and hairless branches that form a dense pyramidal crown.
The leaves are ovate, dark green, leathery, glossy on the upper side and opaque on the lower side, they are also very fragrant and are used for various uses: in the kitchen, to flavor meat and fish, as a home remedy to remove moths from cupboards (excellent and more fragrant substitute for camphor), to prepare refreshing decoctions with digestive qualities or foot baths, or treated with alcohol to obtain a fragrant and aromatic liqueur with digestive, stimulating, antiseptic properties and is useful against cough and bronchitis.
The fruits are black and shiny drupes (when ripe) with a single seed. These berries ripen in October-November and are formed as a result of pollination is mainly entomophilic, or by insects.
From the berries it is possible to obtain an aromatic oil, laurine oil and with medicinal properties, a peculiar ingredient of the ancient Aleppo soap. It was also used to preserve books and parchments and to prepare the classic laurel wreaths.
Active principles -
The laurel leaves and especially the berries are rich in essential oils (from 3 to 10%), composed of pinene, fellandrene, geraniol, cineol, eugenol, terpineol, eucalyptol, lauric acid, tannins, acetic ether, butyric and valeric. mucilages and many others.
Laurel is also rich in mineral salts (calcium, manganese, potassium, magnesium, iron, sodium and zinc), vitamins B1, B2, PP and C.
Properties and Uses -
Laurel is an evergreen shrub whose wood is aromatic and gives off the typical scent of the leaves.
In March, when laurel blooms, especially in cold temperate climates where there are no other relevant blooms, it is an important source of nectar and pollen for bees.
There are two varieties. The Laurus nobilis var. aurea - the most common, with yellowish, oval-lanceolate, shiny and wavy leaves on the edge, and Laurus nobilis var. angustifolia, with narrower and longer leaves. The second variety of laurel is known for its greater resistance to environmental adversities.
Today the laurel plant finds its use mainly in the kitchen, but in the past it was considered a medicine against migraine, gout, asthma, fever, its dry leaves were put in the cupboards to keep insects away, while the fresh ones were inserted between the pages of the books to prevent them from yellowing.
In general, bay leaves, as well as caraway seeds, help digestion, fight stomach pain and lack of appetite.
The tannic substances of bay leaves lower blood sugar and act against diabetes.
Bay leaf infusion is used for dry coughs and colds.
For external use, essential oil is used for friction against rheumatism, sprains and sprains.
The great field of application of laurel are digestive disorders and food poisoning. When the stomach seems unable to digest even a glass of water and the food is stationed in the abdomen, fermenting and producing bloating, stomach pain, intoxication, headaches and a sense of exhaustion, an herbal tea is used.
Although it is mainly known as a digestive plant, laurel also has a remarkable expectorant and diaphoretic property, useful in all cases of fever, flu and congestion of the respiratory tract to stimulate sweating and promote the expulsion of bronchial catarrh.
Bay leaves also contain an essential oil with remarkable antibiotic, antiparasitic, antiputrefactive, digestive, stimulant, antiseptic, sedative, hypotensive, sudoriferous, stomachic, antirheumatic and expectorant properties, to always keep at hand.
An anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant and pain relieving oil is prepared with fresh bay laurel berries, to be applied locally to counteract rheumatic or muscle pain, various types of trauma, bruising and to facilitate the functional recovery of the joints after casts. Laurel berry oil is also an excellent remedy to be applied to the skin to keep mosquitoes away. Applied to the hair before shampooing and left on for twenty minutes, it makes the hair stronger and shinier.
Finally, in the kitchen, the habit of using bay leaves to cook roasts and boiled meats is older than our culinary tradition, but the reason for this practice does not arise so much from the desire to improve the taste of meat, as from the medicinal qualities of the leaves. It is no coincidence that the Greeks and Romans already used them for their ability to counteract food degeneration: in an era in which there were no refrigerators and modern preservation techniques, it was obviously important to ensure that the meats to be placed on the table did not spoil. and for this purpose it was recommended to wrap them in fresh bay leaves before and during cooking.
The dried bay leaves, richer in aromatic essences if harvested in the summer months, are kept in a cool, ventilated, poorly lit and in the absence of humidity.
Bay leaves and berries are used in cooking to flavor meats, game, fish, potatoes, especially tomato-based sauces, vegetables in oil and pickled vegetables.
In the therapeutic field, laurel finds application in the preparation of infusions and herbal teas.
The herbal tea can be prepared by pouring a teaspoon of dried bay leaves into a cup of water, let it rest for a few minutes, then filter and drink: its anti-fermentative, digestive and stimulating power clears the stomach, restores energy to the body and lightens the mind.
In case of cough, fever and flu, an infusion of bay leaf can be taken twice a day. To prepare it, place two or three fresh chopped bay leaves in a cup of boiling water, let it rest for about six minutes, then filter and drink, sweetening it with a teaspoon of lemon honey.
To promote good digestion, you can pour five drops of laurel essential oil into an aromatic diffuser for rooms during main meals, or inhale the aroma directly from the bottle.
Against heaviness in the stomach, digestive migraines or post-prandial drowsiness, five drops of bay leaf essential oil can be diluted in a tablespoon of sweet almond oil and gently rubbing, with a circular motion in a clockwise direction, the area of the solar plexus and the temples.
To disinfect the air in the room where you are staying from viruses and bacteria, you can pour a few drops of essential laurel oil into an essence burner.
Furthermore, an oleolite can be prepared with laurel berries.
To prepare the laurel oleolite, crush 40 g of fresh berries in a mortar, pour them into an airtight dark glass container, add 300 ml of olive oil until they are covered, close and place the jar near a source of heat, letting it rest for a month. Then store the jar in a cool place and away from sunlight, filtering a small amount at the time of use.
Warning: The information shown is not medical advice and may not be accurate. The contents are for illustrative purposes only and do not replace medical advice.
Today I'm about to reveal a recipe:Infusion of olive leaves, from their and of sage, which is miraculous for three simple and well-defined reasons. It is curative. It's good. It is not expensive (to make 1,5 l it costs maybe € 0.50 yes and no). And we also add that it is as fast as it is undemanding in its practical implementation.
The healing power of olive leaves, bay leaves and sage
Let's make a brief introduction and where it is possible a brief historical excursus on these three spices give her essences magical and miraculous for our health.
The Olive Leaves. They are par excellence the most powerful antibiotic in the world. The substance that interests us most that is contained in these leaves is theOleuropein. It is a polyphenol bitter, present in very high quantities in the leaves and to a lesser extent in the olives. This substance has an extraordinary action, antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral ed antifungal.
The Laurel Leaves. We have already dealt with these right here on BioTigullio5Terre quite thoroughly in our article "Bay leaf an infusion of Antioxidants". The two key substances contained in the same are the Cineole or Eucalyptol a powerful antioxidant and a class of compounds called Sesquiterpenes substances that could be very effective against a disease now considered the scourge of our time: Type 2 Diabetes (excess glucose in the blood).
The Sage Leaves. Since thousands of years ago, exponents of traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, doctors from Magna Graecia and ancient Rome have always advised to use sage. Salvia derives from the Latin "Salvus" which means "safe, sound". An ancient proverb said: "Why would a man die when sage grows in his garden?". The essential oils of the Salvia Officinalis (the one we commonly use in the kitchen) help the Recovery Mnemonic, help to find greater Calm and Serenity, and some Sage + Echinacea sprays were most effective in curing Sore Throat compared to other pharmaceutical sprays that contained: chlorhexidine and lidocaine.
Quantity for about 1.5 l. of Infusion (which could then also become an excellent alternative to Tea and Goodnight Tea).
- 1.5 l. of water
- 50 (approximately) olive leaves
- 10 Bay leaves (not the young ones)
- 6/7 Sage leaves
- Cane sugar to taste (unrefined)
- Honey (possibly not from the supermarket counter)
In a low and large pot, pour thecold water and place it on the stove. Add the olive, bay and sage leaves and bring it all to a boil. Once the temperature is reached, turn off the heat and add to your liking and taste it sugar or the honey, or both. I usually towards 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 of honey.
Let the infusion cool down to room temperature so that the leaves release all the essential oils and the healing properties they contain.
The decoction can be consumed cold (as a refresher to keep in the refrigerator) also excellent for purification purposes, or hot before bedtime or in the morning after waking up instead of the classic tea.
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Do not throw away the leaves after the first infusion as the leaves can be reused a second time as they continue to release their extraordinary healing properties.
So what did I tell you at the beginning? How much will you spend for this delight of the palate and a valid help for yours immune system? Now you just have to try it and then you will discover that you can no longer do without it but above all to feel more in form and more in health.