Bay Leaf is also known as Sweet Laurel, Wreath Laurel, Bay Laurel, and Yeuh-kuei. The bay tree is indigenous to Asia Minor, from where it spread to the Mediterranean. The Greek word for laurel is dhafni, named for the myth of the nymph Daphne, who was turned into a laurel tree by Gaea. Bay, or laurel, was famed in ancient Greece and Rome. Emperors, heroes, doctors and poets wore wreaths of laurel leaves. Triumphant athletes of ancient Greece were awarded laurel garlands for their exploits. Doctors wore crowns of Bay Leaf due to the Greek's belief that it provided support for everything from indigestion to nightmares. Bay leaves are still widely used throughout the world. It may be best known as a garnish or used similarly in soups, sauces, and stews, and is an appropriate seasoning for fish, meat and poultry. Bay leaf is often used as a pickling spice.
Grown successfully in Mediterranean climates, the Bay is a hardy evergreen shrub that grows wild or cultivated. In warm areas it can grow as high as 60 feet. Bay Leaf can be harvested at any time. Bay Leaf can be been used as an herbal supportive for headaches. It contains compounds called parthenolides, which have proven useful in supporting migraines. Bay Leaf has also been shown to help the body process insulin more efficiently, which leads to lower blood sugar levels. Bay Leaf can also be tried to help support the effects of stomach ulcers. Bay Leaf contains eugenol, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Bay leaf is also an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Bay Leaf can also be tried to help support joint pain, amenorrhea, and colic.
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Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 tea bag for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the pot, cover and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Pour into your cup; add milk and sugar to taste.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea itself. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the serving pitcher straining the tea bags. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
Not recommended if you are pregnant or lactating.
Do not take if you are currently taking prescription medication to treat Diabetes.
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