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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

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

  1. Myrtle Sharka said… December 22, 2019
    I buy bay leaves from the grocery store. What is the shelf life of their usage? I have only used bay leaves in soup and stews. I accidentally ran across your article on bay leaf tea. Would love to try it. So how old is too old to use leaves for good benefits? I live in the North woods of Wisconsin......can these be grown here. Right now we have 23 inches of snow on the ground. Also, do you ever go out to pubic places to lecture.? Thank you.
    • Hi Myrtle. Dried bay leaves, if stored properly, should last you awhile but your best bet is to smell them - if they don't smell like anything, then they've lost their freshness and won't add flavour/nutrition to your food. It's the same for most dried herbs and spices! I'm not doing many in-person events at the moment, but we do have one coming up in Toronto in May 2020!
  2. Sonya Renee Burkheimer said… December 31, 2019
    Can I make large container of tea and keep in refrigerator for a few days drinking it cold?
  3. Isabel Ferreira said… January 8, 2020
    How often can you drink bay leaf tea?
    • As this is a tea, you can drink it like you would any other. If you have any health issues or are on medications, I recommend checking in with your health practitioner for specific recommendations based on your situation.
  4. Lorrie Stephens said… January 14, 2020
    Is there a difference in which bay leaf to use for tea, the California bay leaf or the Turkish bay leaf?
  5. Deannie newby said… January 17, 2020
    How many times can u reheat re use the bay leaves and cinnamon stick
    • I would only boil or steep the tea once, as most of the constituents in the bay leaves and cinnamon stick will be drawn out and if you re-boil you won't get much out of them.

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