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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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A simple soothing bay leaf tea to boost immune function.

Ingredients
  • 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

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

  1. Suzanne Emmett said… March 5, 2019
    How long can you store the bay leaf tea for? If longer than 24 hours should it be stored in the fridge. Thank you 🙏
  2. GYASI said… March 11, 2019
    At what times can it be taken?
  3. Kelsey Mayo said… April 1, 2019
    I recently learned from a seller of health products that tea cannot impart minerals, as they aren't water soluble. One would need to eat the whole leaf to benefit from the fact that these (or any,) leaves contain minerals. Who knew?! :) Of course, vitamins, though they're also present, may too be weakened by simmering, or even by steeping in boiling water. I know vit. c is particularly apt to dissipate or become damaged and less effective. Great info about the bay leaf healing properties! I have started to incorporate this...and it's tasty too!
    • Hi Kelsey! What is the source/evidence for this? I'd be curious to read it. That's different from what I have learned about infusions over the years.
  4. Sagren said… July 10, 2019
    I have bay leaves in my garden , to make the tea can I just pluck the leaves direct from the tree into the teapot or must it be dried first.

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