Medicinal properties of laurel
Laurel has carminative, diaphoretic, expectorant, detoxifying, antiviral and digestive stimulant powers. It is used to treat anorexia, flu and common colds, bronchitis and diseases related to the nervous system, digestive and intestinal tracts, spasms, chronic rheumatism and inflammations in the mouth.
The infusions or decoctions of laurel are ideal for sinusitis, since its volatile oils make it possible to decongestion by expelling mucus. It also helps to cure a hangover, intoxication or poisoning, because by drinking the infusion it will help us vomit and therefore eliminate everything that has caused the damage.
To treat digestive problems we must add a couple of bay leaves to meals or chew three bay leaves on an empty stomach before main meals. Both treatments should be followed for a month.
Gum infections, voice loss or hoarseness can also be treated with bay leaf, by gargling with boiled water from the leaves. It is also effective in reducing fever and headaches, energizing the body, awakening the mind, sharpening the senses, and bringing clarity.
There are different ways to use laurel for medicinal purposes:
An infusion of bay leaf is made with 10 leaves in a cup of boiling water, let it cool slightly and drink 3 times a day.
Bay leaf tea is made with 2 tablespoons of finely chopped leaves that are boiled in 250 milliliters of water for 10 minutes. Small sips are then sipped throughout the day.
The macerated laurel is prepared with 4 leaves and an orange peel that are placed in 1 liter of water for four hours
It can be used in different foods, especially in rice, vegetables, pickles, soups, and some desserts.
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