Nature hides thousands of plants which can treat all kinds of ailments without putting your health in danger. Laurel is one such plant. It is native to the eastern coast of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, although it can be found spread around Europe. The tree grows in warm climates, although growing it at home in a container is not impossible. The tree doesn’t need special care other than keeping it inside when the temperatures climb up high. Like all trees growing in tropical climates, laurel can’t tolerate winter and frost.
Health benefits of laurel leaves
The leaves of the tree have been used as a natural remedy against various health problems for quite a long time. As a matter of fact, they’re so powerful that many people prefer them to any medications. You just need to know how to use the leaves and then you can use their power to boost your overall health.
In the past, laurel leaves have been used against headaches, migraines, cystitis, depression, arthritis, abdominal pain, muscle and nerve problems, mental problems, fluid retention, premenstrual problems, sciatica, urethritis, fatigue, lack of energy, otitis, snoring, muscle spasms and skin infections.
The leaves were used to prepare a powerful tea which treated all the aforementioned problems. To make it, just add 30 gr. of dry laurel leaves in a pot of water, then bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to minimum and simmer for a couple of minutes. Strain the tea when it has cooled down, then add some honey or stevia and enjoy. We suggest drinking 2 cups of the tea per day for best results.
Here are some of the main health benefits of laurel leaves tea:
Treat any kind of pain
If you’re in pain for whatever reason, cook 5-6 laurel leaves in water for 15 minutes, then add them to a bath and soak in it for 20. This will reduce the pain and inflammation in your body.
Improves your digestion
Drinking a few cups of the laurel leaves tea will provide your body with magnesium, manganese, calcium, potassium and vitamins A and C which will boost your digestion and treat problems such as colic, bloating and stomach ulcers. You can use the leaves chopped in your soups, stews, salads and meals.
Reduce arthritic pain
Massage laurel leaves oil on the painful and inflamed areas of your body in order to reduce the pain caused by arthritis.
Treat skin infections
The leaves have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties which can help in the treatment of skin and scalp infections.
Treat respiratory problems
If you’re suffering from a cold or the flu, a cup of laurel leaves tea is the best thing you can consumer to relieve the symptoms. Warm compresses with laurel leaves tea applied on the forehead and chest can also help.
Wash your hair as usual and rinse it with laurel leaves tea in order to remove dandruff and prevent further scalp infections.
Treats and prevents diabetes
Drinking laurel leaves tea can keep your blood sugar levels in check and prevent the development of diabetes.