These are the three benefits of drinking laurel tea at night

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Bay leaves have antimicrobial, antioxidant, digestive and analgesic properties.

The laurel is a plant that is recognized for the contributions of its flavor to gastronomy. However, it is also used in traditional medicine to help treat digestive problems and infections and to control diabetes, among other conditions.

Information from the well-being and health portal Tua Saúde ensures that this herb is used to cope with stress and to prevent the development of tumors and cardiovascular diseases.

Normally, the part of the bay leaf that is used is its fresh or dried leaves, from which substances such as tannins, flavonoids, alkaloids, linalool and eugenol are extracted, with medicinal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, digestive and anti-rheumatic properties, the aforementioned source specifies.

Promotes digestion

According to the Spanish Nutrition Foundation, this herb favors the digestive system, by stimulating appetite, digestive secretions and intestinal movements, facilitating digestion, preventing heartburn and intestinal spasms.

Along these lines, Tua Saúde indicates that the active compounds in bay leaves cause an increase in the volume of gastric fluid, with an increase in the secretion of enzymes and gastric mucus, which helps to improve digestion, in addition to having a protector of gastric lesions, caused by the consumption of substances such as alcohol and some medications.

Respiratory system

In the same way, it is said that it helps to take care of the respiratory system because it favors the expulsion of mucus from the respiratory tract and has bactericidal actions, making it an appropriate natural remedy to help alleviate situations of bronchitis and pharyngitis.

Likewise, because it has antibacterial and antiseptic activity, it is also useful to eliminate any bacteria or virus that can cause infections in the respiratory system, thus preventing the appearance of these diseases and ailments.

Anxiety management

Bay leaves contain substances such as linalool and cineole that release essential oils that help relax the central nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety, especially when used in the form of aromatherapy.

One of the ways to take advantage of these qualities and obtain their benefits is by preparing a tea and drinking it at night. To make the drink, a dry bay leaf and a cup of boiling water are required. Put the water on the fire and when it comes to a boil, add the clean leaf and then let it rest for about 10 minutes, and drink immediately after. It can also be taken during the day.

Other benefits

The Nutrición y Farmacia portal cites studies published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition , according to which between one and three grams of bay leaves daily would reduce glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels in patients with type II diabetes.

Scientists believe that this benefit is due to the fact that bay leaves have a polyphenol whose activity enhances the action of insulin. In addition, because the leaves are rich in group B vitamins, as well as minerals such as zinc, which contribute to the assimilation and storage of insulin.

Similarly, this plant contains eugenol, which acts as an antioxidant and strengthens the immune system; It has diuretic properties, which helps prevent kidney stones and, finally, helps relieve pain and acts against bacteria, thanks to its antimicrobial properties.


Although it is a natural product, it is important to be clear that bay leaves are not indicated for children, women who are lactating or during pregnancy, since they can cause abortion. In addition, the consumption of this plant should be taken with caution in people with diabetes, since it can reduce blood sugar levels too much, if the patient is taking medications for this condition.

Another key point is that bay leaves should not be eaten because they are not processed by the digestive system, remaining intact, with the risk of getting stuck in the throat or perforating the intestine.

Because it slows down the nervous system, one of the recommendations is to discontinue the use of bay leaves two weeks before any surgery.

Given these contraindications, it is always best to consult your doctor before making the decision to follow a regular treatment with the intake of this plant.

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