These are called “Bay leaves” aka Laurus Nobilis Essential oil.
Many people add bay leaves to foods especially jollof rice (Nigerian), red meat and poultry. Do you know why bay leaves are added to food?
To add flavor to the food right?! 🍃
Do you know that if you boil some bay leaves in a glass of water and taste it, it will have no flavor?
So why would one add this then?
The addition of bay leaves to meat converts triglycerides to monounsaturated fats.
Check this out!
Cut chicken in half and cook each half in a pan and place a bay leaf one one half, and the other half without a bay leaf. Observe the amount of fat in both pans.
Recent scientific studies have shown that bay leaves have many benefits & helps to get rid of many serious health problems and illnesses.
The benefits of bay leaf are ::
🍃 treats digestive disorders and helps eliminate lumps, Heartburn, Acidity & Constipation.
🍃helps regulate bowel movement by drinking hot bay tea.
🍃can lower blood sugar and are also an antioxidant
🍃allows the body to produce insulin by eating it or drinking bay tea for a month.
🍃 They can eliminates bad cholesterol and relieves the body of triglycerides.
🍃very useful in treating colds, flu and severe cough as it is a rich source of vitamin “C”, you can boil the leaves and inhale steam to get rid of phlegm and reduce the severity of cough.
🍃protects the heart from seizures and strokes as it contains cardiovascular protective compounds.
🍃 They are rich in acids such as caffeic acid, quercetin, eigonol and bartolinide, substances that prevent the formation of cancer cells in the body.
🍃they can help eliminate insomnia and anxiety, if taken before bed, helps you relax and sleep peacefully.
🍃Drinking a cup of boiled bay leaves twice a day breaks kidney stones and cures infections.
🍃Just like garlic and ginger are a must amongst my collection of spices, Bay Leaves are a must in any collection of spices too.
Now you know 🌈