Bay leaves is an herb that is commonly used in cooking. The leaves and oil are also used to make medicine.
People use bay leaf for diabetes, cancer, stomach problems, pain, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Bay leaf can also be unsafe if the entire leaf is taken by mouth.
Which kitchen will be in India where bay leaf is not used to bring flavor to the food?
But perhaps very few people will know that Tejpatta has innumerable qualities due to which it is used as a medicine in Ayurveda. By the way, bay leaf is added as a dry spice to increase taste and smell, but apart from this, it also helps in relieving headaches, colds, asthma, and Aruchi.
What is bay leaves?
The bay leaves we use to eat are dried. Dried leaves are sold in the market in the name of Tejapat. The color of the leaves is olive green and the top part is smooth, with 3 clear veins. Its smell consists of cloves and cinnamon, but its smell is very mild and delectable.
Its 7.5 m tall is a small intermediate-sized tree. Its stem bark is dark brown or blackish, slightly rough, less fragrant and tasteless than cinnamon, the outer part is light pink or reddish brown with white stripes. Its leaves are simple, opposite or alternating, 10-12.5 cm long, of various widths, elliptical, shiny, pointed, fragrant with 3 veins and sharp in taste. Its new leaves are of some pink color. Its flowers are light yellow. Its fruits are elliptical, fleshy, red in color, 13 mm long. It’s floral and fruit period is from August to February.
The anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial properties of Tejpatta give it a special place in Ayurveda for its treatment. Bay leaves are light, pungent, bitter, sweet, and warm by nature. It is helpful in digestion, stimulates the brain, cleanses urine, and is healthy for stomach or stomach.
The essence of its leaves is beneficial in reducing diarrhea. The powder of its leaves is beneficial in hypoglycaemia.
Rasa– katu , madhu
Guna– laghu, tikshana, picchila
Name of bay leaf in different languages
The botanical name of bay leaf is Cinnamomum tamala Nees (Buch.-Ham) & Eberm. (Cinnamomum tamala) is Syn-Cinnamomum albiflorum Nees and its total is Lauraceae (Loraceae). Tejpatta is Indian Bay Leaf in English. But Tejpatta is called by different names in other provinces of India. like-
Sanskrit-Patra, Gandhajat, Pakranjan, Tamalpatra, Patraka, Tejapatra;
Hindi- Tamalapatra, Patra, Tejapatta, Barahami;
Gujrati-Tamalpatra (Tajal), Taj (Taj);
English- Indian cassia, Cassia cinnamon, Tamala cassia;
Benefits and Uses of Bay Leaf
There are many ingredients in Tejapatta tree due to which Tejpat is used as medicine in Ayurveda, Copper, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Selenium and Iron. Let us know in detail about the medicinal properties of bay leaves and how and for which diseases it is used as a treatment.
Tejpatta Benefits for Headache
Nowadays headache problem is common for people. The stress of work throughout the day, part-time, continuous work on computer, continuous work on the phone screen, moving in the sun, excess cold, is due to such numerous headaches. For this, home remedy of bay leaves is very beneficial. Grind 10 grams of bay leaves in water and apply on a skull to get relief from headache caused by cold or heat.
Benefit of Bay leaves to Get Rid from Head Lice
In school, children started to know that the problem of head lice starts. These treatments of bay leaves work very effectively in removing lice without damaging the hair. Boil 5-6 leaves of tejpat in a glass of water so that the water remains half. Take a bath after massaging the scalp daily with this water. This does not cause lice in the head.
Benefits of Tejpatta for Cold and Cough
Drinking tea with the benefits of tej patta in place of tea leaf provides quick relief in colds, sneezing, runny nose, burning sensation, headache etc. Apart from this, by grinding 5 grams of bay leaf and 5 grams of small pippali, mixing 500 mg powder with honey, it provides relief in cough and cold.
Bay Leaf Beneficial in Eye Disease
A lot comes in eye related diseases, such as common eye pain, night blindness, eye redness etc. In all these types of problems, home remedies made from Tejpat are very useful. Grinding bay leaf and applying it to the eye provides relief from eye disease.
Tejpatta Benefits in Teeth Whitening
If for some reason the tooth has lost its shine, rubbing the fine powder of Tej patta on the teeth in the morning and evening makes the teeth glow.
Benefits of Tejpatta to Treat Gum Diseases
If there are problems with swelling, bleeding in the gums, the medicinal properties of bay leaves are very useful as a treatment. Chewing the stalk of tej patta in benefits stops bleeding from the gums.
Bay leaves Benefits in Stutter
If someone has problems talking intermittently or stuttering, then home remedies for bay leaves can prove to be beneficial. Sucking bay leaves regularly provides relief in stuttering.
Benefit of Bay Leaf in Asthma
Every time the weather changes or more cold weather comes, the problem of asthma increases in the patient.
Grinding 2 to 2 grams of bay leaves and peepal in a syrup of ginger marmalade provides relief in asthma. Apart from this, taking one teaspoon powder of dried bay leaves with one cup of hot milk twice a day regularly provides relief in respiratory problems.
Benefits of Tejpatta in Anorexia
If there is a decrease in the desire to eat due to some disease or due to stress, it is easier to get fast consumption of bay leaves in this way.
Drinking raita of bay leaves in the morning and evening ends the problem of loss of appetite.
Bay Leaf Beneficial in Vomiting
If you feel nauseous again and again for some reason, taking 2-4 grams of this powder, it removes nausea. Apart from this, taking honey mixed with cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf powder (1-4 grams) provides relief from ulceration or vomiting, or powder of bilva, harad, bahera, amla and pippali, marich, dry ginger (1- 4 grams) with honey also improves physical condition in vomiting.
Bay leaves benefits in Diarrhoea
If there is diarrhea due to eating more spicy food, packaged food or outside food that the name of stoppage is not taken, then home remedy of bay leaf will be very useful. Diarrhea and stomach ache are reduced by taking sugar candy and honey mixed with 1-3 grams of leaf powder.
Tejpatta Treats Liver Inflammation
If the liver has become inflamed due to some disease, consuming bay leaves in this way provides quick relief. Make a decoction by grinding equal quantity of bay leaf, garlic, black marich, cloves and turmeric powder and drink 10-20 milliliters of it to get benefit in liver diseases.
Tejpatta Beneficial to Treat Ulcer
The cause of ulcers is due to poor digestion. Deepness in bay leaves- Due to digestion, it corrects digestion, which reduces the chances of ulcers.
Tejpatta Beneficial to control Cholesterol
If you are troubled by the increased cholesterol level, then you should add your food routine to bay leaves, according to a research, using bay leaves also helps in controlling cholesterol.
Useful Parts of Bay Leaves
The bark, leaves and oil of bay leaf and stem are the most commonly used as medicine.
Vaidya Karanvir Singh is the younger Vaidya in Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre. He is the fourth generation in his family who is practicing as a general consultant in Ayurved & Panchakarma treatment at Chandigarh. In his practice, he had treated more than 1000 plus patients worldwide.