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Bay Leaf Tea Makes The Tummy Sing


Cold and flu season. It comes around every year and every year we wait and see if we'll get struck down, like we always do. As Baby proclaimed to Johnny in Dirty Dancing, "It doesn't have to be this way." We can start amping up our immune powers now by incorporating some simple and delicious practices into everyday life.  And that is where bay leaf tea comes into the mix to make your tummy and your immune system sing.

We know bay leaves, right? Of course we do. We tend to use them sparingly, adding a leaf here and there to soup stocks, chilis and everyone's favourite homemade spaghetti sauce. But come on now. We know that the herbs and spices we add to our meals offer more than just flavour. These true flavour enhancers are also super powers in the functional and culinary nutrition realm. They pack a punch. And bay leaves are part of that party.

Health Benefits & Uses of Bay Leaves

Bay Leaf Tea

The best way to get to get the benefits from herbs and spices is to brew or decoct a tea.

Cinnamon Bay Leaf Tea


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Yield: 4 servings

A simple soothing bay leaf tea to boost immune function.

  • 4-5 dried bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 tsp ground cinnamon)
  • 1 liter of water

Make It Like So
  1. Add leaves and cinnamon to the water and simmer for about 20 minutes. For a weaker brew, chop up the fresh or dry leaves, pour hot water over and allow them to steep.

Photo: iStock/BreakingTheWalls

28 Responses to “Bay Leaf Tea Makes The Tummy Sing”

  1. Joe said… May 7, 2017
    Hi, do you drink the full 1 liter of bay leaf tea at one time?
    • Try drinking a little at a time to begin.
      • Kamal said… July 9, 2017
        Hi Meghan, I'm concerned about the length of time suggested for cooking the leaves, wouldn't it kill the medicinal properties? Please advise
        • Hi Kamal! 20 minutes isn't an extreme amount of time. Using a decoction, like we are here, actually helps to better extract the health benefits from the leaves.
  2. Margo Langford said… May 10, 2017
    I am so thankful and grateful for the universe bringing this information to me this morning via fb Thank you and all that you do to inspire healthy living
  3. Leigh said… October 13, 2017
    Does this tea also help with sleep and anxiety
    • There are a ton of better options for sleep and anxiety, like this one:
  4. RATNA SINHA said… November 2, 2017
    Can you please inform in detail about its property for the respiratory disease. I have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Maybe it bay leaf will help. I have bay leaf plant n my planter. I have just done pruning 3-4 days ago and got about 100 leaves but 100 are still in the plant. I cough a lot
    • Hi Ratna. I'd recommend getting in touch with your health care practitioner, who can address your condition one-to-one and speak to you about your specific needs.
  5. sally said… November 14, 2017
    do the bay leaves turn the boiling water brown colour? (Im worried it could be pollution) I wash the leaves first of course
    • Most teas using fresh or dried herbs of any kind will change the colour of the water. As long as you've cleaned the leaves and you're using a good source, you should be fine!
  6. Elizabeth said… November 28, 2017
    Hi! Thank you for this - I've never used Bay Leaves before! Making this now to help with some chest congestion and auto-immune flare up...but I was also intrigued by the note about scalp health- I fairly recently began to have some changes in my lower scalp - flaky itchy...I think it corresponds to when I'm sick/out of balance too though I'm still just coming into more awareness...I haven't had a chance to explore more about this - I wondered about your bullet point that this tea could be used as a rinse...does that mean with the cinnamon as is? Any other details for trying this out? Thanks so much!!
  7. Lilou said… December 1, 2017
    Hi!! I want to ask about your opinion on this: in the internet there is info that bay leaf can help with bunions. They say to boil the leaves with 300 ml of water, pour into a thermos, leave for the night and sip throughout next day. The say that is dissolves salt deposits. Can this be true? Or is it an urban legend?
  8. Jennifer said… December 27, 2017
    Can I use freshly picked bay leaves or must I allow them to dry first?
  9. Teresa Basso said… February 7, 2018
    Hi Meghan , I just stumble on your recepy of bay leaf tea, I found it amusing since I have the same recepy which was given to me from my aunt,and a few years ago she gave me a bay leaf tree.

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