Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Bay Leaves - medicinal use

Apart from its culinary use, Bay is also well-known for its ability to relieve the aches and pains associated with rheumatism, for sprains, bruises, and skin rashes. An oil can be distilled from the leaves, or an ointment, and rubbed on to affected areas.

Studies have shown that Bay has a mild narcotic and sedative effect, and therefore can be tried in a tea before bed for better sleep, or after a stressful day.

Bay leaves can also be crushed and dried to make a tea or made into capsules.

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