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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.

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Cinnamon Bay Leaf Tea

  • Author: Meghan Telpner
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 22 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


A simple soothing bay leaf tea to boost immune function.


  • 45 dried bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 tsp ground cinnamon)
  • 1 liter of water


  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.
  • Category: Beverage

Photo: iStock/BreakingTheWalls

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

  1. Becca said… December 6, 2020
  2. Audrey said… December 7, 2020
    Loving the tea Meghan! It sure makes a refreshing cold drink when stored in the fridge. Does it provide the same benefits when cold?
  3. Lisa said… December 16, 2020
    Sooo I didn’t read all the benefits of bay leaves before I put it in my morning tea! Couldn’t figure out why I was so sleepy today! After work I found out it also works as a sedative, lesson learned! LOL
  4. Frederick Lewis said… December 30, 2020
    Meghan, I have a Bay tree here in New Orleans. Because I'm really stupid, could you please give details of making Bay Tea using fresh Bay leaves. Thanks so much. Laissez les bons temps rouler
    • Hi Frederick! It's the same method as with dried - but you may want to halve the amount of leaves to 2 as fresh is stronger than dried.
  5. Sarah Simmons said… January 10, 2021
    I am so excited that the humble Bay leaf has so many benefits! I made this tea and it hardly tastes like anything. I used 5 fresh leaves and tasted a leaf beforehand and it was strong. However, my tea just didn’t have much taste to it. Is that just how it is?
  6. Nancy said… January 10, 2021
    I boiled 4 bay leaves & 1 cinnamon stick then simmered for 20 minutes. Then let it sit all night in the pot. Next morning reheated 1 cup & couldn’t believe how delicious(without sugar) & my sinus/morning/drainage issue was GONE! 1 cup!!!
  7. Sally Khan said… January 12, 2021
    I have a bay leaf tree in my yard for about 6 yrs now and only a few weeks ago I started making bayleaf and cinnamon tea every night. It's wonderful and have alot of health benefits.
  8. Victorine yembi teh said… January 22, 2021
    If i have to boil my bay leaf tea now . How many times can i use that same boiled once.
  9. Cher said… January 28, 2021
    Hi Meghan. To lower sugar levels how does one prepare the tea and when is it best to drink it
    • Hi Cher! There isn't any sugar in this tea, so you can prepare it as directed in the recipe and don't add any sweetener to it afterward. If you're looking to balance blood sugar levels, I have an extensive post on the glycemic index here: and eliminating sugar here:
  10. Shenila said… February 8, 2021
    It’s excellent drink. Just don’t know if it should be taken before or after meals

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