The laurel tea is produced through the laurel leaves or  Laurus nobilis,  which is a shrub native to Asia Minor. Despite its benefits, it had not been given greater importance, until it was commercialized in Europe, where it was given many important meanings and uses.

The laurel bush has green leaves, which have a very particular aroma; For this reason, it is common to use them as a condiment, since they provide a particular flavor to foods, however, the most important use that is given to this leaves is for the creation of laurel tea.

Nowadays, laurel tea is used to alleviate heavy digestion, prevent heartburn after certain foods and reduce gas, however, it is also usually used to a lesser extent to treat other health problems, such as; diseases of the respiratory system, cardiovascular diseases and rheumatic diseases.

Laurel tea benefits and properties

As mentioned above, laurel is well known as a condiment in the kitchen, however, in addition to its culinary value, it also has many medicinal properties that make it a good ally to treat various diseases and maintain good health.

Some of the benefits of laurel tea are:

Improves digestion

The infusion of laurel has properties that facilitate the digestive process, since it accelerates the metabolism of food that has not been digested. In addition, it is ideal for treating acidity problems in the stomach and prevents the formation of intestinal gas.

Treat respiratory diseases

Because it has expectorant and antibacterial properties, it makes it an ideal tea to combat respiratory diseases, be it flu, bronchitis, laryngitis, cough, among others. Therefore, it helps to remove mucus and bacteria from the respiratory tract, thus improving the immune system in general.

It is also very good for treating asthma, thanks to the previously mentioned properties.

Laurel tea to lose weight is a very good option

The tea laurel helps eliminate fluid retention in the body and toxins because it has diuretic properties. Therefore, it is good for those who are obese, as it helps eliminate toxins and fluids from the body, which if accompanied by a good diet, can generate excellent long-term results.

Reduces stress and anxiety

This infusion, because it is very relaxing, calms the nervous system of the person who consumes it, therefore it is ideal for controlling nerves, anxiety and relieving stress.

Helps treat cardiovascular diseases

Another of the properties offered by laurel is that it eliminates excess cholesterol in the blood and improves heart function. Therefore it provides protection against cardiovascular diseases and also helps improve blood circulation.

Fight rheumatic diseases

The tea laurel is an anti – inflammatory that helps fight rheumatic disease, relieving pain and deflating the affected joints. It also removes uric acid, which is ideal for those who suffer from arthritis problems.

Prepare laurel tea: What are the steps to follow?

To prepare a laurel tea that provides all the benefits, it is advisable to use fresh leaves, since the dry leaves over time lose their properties and therefore, their effect is not so good.

The ingredients that are needed to prepare the laurel tea are:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Sugar (optional)

Once you have all the ingredients, proceed with its preparation, which consists of the following steps:

  • Place the bay leaves in water and heat until boiling.
  • Once it is boiled, it should be left to rest for 10 minutes.

It is advisable to strain the tea before drinking it, in addition, if you want the infusion to be sweeter you can add a little sugar to taste, although it is always advisable to use natural sweeteners, such as honey.

How often is it good to drink laurel tea?

The tea bay can be eaten at any time of the day, however, it is ideal to be taken before each meal, because it has digestive properties. In addition, it is advisable to drink it when it is warm, and 3 to 4 cups a day to enjoy all its benefits.

It is worth mentioning that the way of drinking this tea may vary depending on the results you want to obtain.

What are the contraindications of laurel tea?

Although it has innumerable benefits, excessive consumption is not recommended, as it can cause side effects. Among the contraindications and side effects it causes are:

  • Because there are not enough studies on the effects that it can produce in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is recommended that women at this stage do not ingest this infusion.
  • Similarly, children under 12 should not take it, unless it is approved by their doctor, since there is a risk of causing some type of allergies.
  • It is also not recommended for those with a delicate stomach, as it could cause burning, diarrhea or vomiting. In addition, it is not good for people who suffer from gastritis or ulcers, since its digestive properties could aggravate the symptoms of these diseases.
  • With excessive consumption it could also cause other side effects such as allergies, dermatitis, spots on the skin and even asthmatic reactions.

Other uses of laurel today

Leaves laurel provide other benefits also can be used in many ways, not just tea.

Skin diseases

It is good for treating various skin problems caused by fungi, bumps, ulcers, burns, acne, among others, as it has functions that help regenerate the skin.

In addition, thanks to its properties, laurel can also be used to treat oily skin or with open pores.

Capillary diseases

The regenerating effect also makes it ideal to solve some hair problems such as dandruff and to prevent hair loss, therefore, it helps prevent baldness or in any case delay its appearance.

That is why you can see how many special shampoos for hair loss or dandruff are based on laurel . It is also a good ally to eliminate lice and nits.

Insect repellent

The laurel for having aromatic components, is a good ally as a repellent, since it prevents any kind of insects or cockroaches from approaching.

Perfumery

Due to the aroma and benefits that bay oil has , it is widely used as a composition in various perfumery products.

Massage oil

Laurel is also used as an oil to massage and thus treat muscle aches or reduce inflammation from a blow.

Relaxation baths

The laurel in addition to its great benefits, also helps relaxation, therefore taking a bath with laurel infusion is ideal, as it helps to release stress.

Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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