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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

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

  1. Mario said…
    Hi Meghan, what about bay leaf, peppermint, chamomile, raw honey with a squirt of lemon tea?, made with love? This is what I served tonight to my beautiful friend and myself. Delicious!
  2. Anna said… May 31, 2018
    So pleased to have discovered your site.
  3. Lyla said… July 30, 2018
    I am going to try this, sounds amazing
  4. denise said… August 1, 2018
    can you re steep the bay leaves?
    • Hi Denise! Probably not. After the first round of simmering, most of the constituents in the bay leaves will have steeped into the water. I haven't tried doing a second round, but I imagine it would be really weak.
  5. Damon Toole said… August 11, 2018
    I was wondering what the recommended serving size is and how often should it be consumed? Also, is it any more or less beneficial to use fresh or dry leaves? And finally, are there health benefits to the berries on the trees? I just realized that I have over half a dozen bay bushes in my front yard and I suffer from many of the ailments that bay appears to help.
    • Hi Damon! This particular recipe makes four servings, and how much/how often you consume it depends on what you are drinking it for. You can use either dried or fresh leaves, though you may need to use fewer if you are using fresh. It's lovely that you have a wonderful source of bay leaves right outside your front door!
  6. Erika said… September 25, 2018
    How can I use fresh bay leafs for arthritis/ inflammation of the body/ muscles.?
  7. Birkha said… November 29, 2018
    I have over one hundred bay trees and was wondering if I can make bay leaf powder or anything else as a source of income
    • That's a lot of trees! I don't know if you could earn some money from what you've got - I'd suggest doing some research about how you could make that happen.
  8. Dorine said… January 12, 2019
    Hi Meghan, when we were in Sicily earlier last year we were served bay leaf and orange peel steeped in water. Served warm at breakfast time but chilled later in the day. I have made it many times since coming home. Absolutely delicious!
  9. Sheila said… January 19, 2019
    Looking forward to using this....
  10. Ruthanne said… January 20, 2019
    I'm a newcomer to bay tea and I'm in love! My first attempt I used dried leaves in boiling/very hot water to steep. The tea was great, full bodied but not heavy. Knowing that really hot tea water releases natural oils (that are often bitter) I wanted to try a cold infusion. However some naturals need the hotter water to permeate their outer layer, like the shinny outside of bay leaves. For my second effort I choose to quickly rinse the selected tea bay leaves in a good stiff hot water and then steep in cool water. I'm in love all over again! The sweeter lightness is perfect for sipping all day. I find the leaves are ready to use several times. Steeping times may lengthen, but I'm a sipper so steeping time isn't crucial.

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