Indian Bay Leaf Oil

Indian bay leaf

What is Indian Bay Leaf Oil?

Cinnamomum Tamala popularly referred to as Indian bay leaf is an evergreen tree that has a medium size. It’s 10m in height and grows wild in the tropical and subtropical Himalayas. This tree is native to Bhutan, Nepal, and India. In Hindi, its famously know as Tejpata.

Properties

The Indian bay leaf is merely a leaf with three veins. It is pointed, sturdy and smooth. The foliage is somewhat similar in structure to bay Laurel, although its aroma and taste is similar to the bark of cinnamon that is slightly milder.

Benefits

Besides its attractive benefits, the Indian bay leaf is an excellent source of minerals, vitamins, and nutrients. Using 100g as an average unit, the Indian bay leaf offers the following nutrients:
  • Principle: Carbohydrates- 74.97g, dietary fiber- 26.3g. A reasonable level of carbohydrates in our bodies is a source of energy that fuels our body organs and systems. Enough dietary fiber reduces constipation.
  • Minerals: Copper-0.416mg, iron-43mg, manganese-8.167mg, calcium-834mg, zinc- 3.7mg. Calcium initiates the synthesis of DNA. Copper helps the body to form collagen and absorb iron. Iron is an important component of hemoglobin, the substance that carries blood to the lungs. Iron deficiency causes anemia that makes the body to lose its ability to make sufficient healthy –carrying red blood cells.
  • Vitamins:74 mg of Vitamin B6, 46.5 mg of Vitamin C, 180 µg of Vitamin B9. Vitamin C checks, repair of body tissues, growth, and immunity. Vitamin A maintains white blood cells, bones, teeth, immune systems and mucous membrane.

Culinary Benefits

  • Tejpata is used as a spice to flavor a variety of dishes of various cuisines both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
  • The leaf is used to impart flavor to stews, soups, and dishes that require a long time to cook.
  • The bark is occasionally used for cooking, however, it's considered inferior to real cassia or cinnamon.
  • Bay leaf is extensively used in Indian, Bhutanese and Nepalese cuisines.
  • It is an essential spice in Moghulai dishes, mainly korma and Biryani.
  • Ground and roasted bay leaves are included in an Indian group of spices known as "Garam Masala."
  • A component of essential oil called Myrcene is extracted from bay leaves to be used in perfumery.

Health Benefits

Treatment of Diabetes

With an effect of slowing down cholesterol and blood sugar level, Indian bay leaves are useful in treating type 2 diabetes. The leaves are powdered and taken for one month. In this case, the antioxidants in the leaves cause the body to make insulin efficiently.

Beneficial during the periconceptional period

Indian bay leaves contain folic acid that helps in the three months before and after pregnancy. By a constant provision of this acid, the child is protected from congenital disabilities. The leaves also induce fertility in women.

Good for Digestion

The leaves promote digestion and treat digestive abnormalities such as flatulence and heartburn. Taking a concoction of bay leaf tea with hot water reduces common disorders like irregular bowel movements, acid reflux, and constipation. It has enzymes that break proteins and make it an excellent spice for non-vegetarian diets.

Relieves Pain

The oil obtained from the Indian bay leaf has anti-inflammatory properties that stop any pain as a result of rheumatism, arthritis, strains, and general aches.

Anti-cancer Properties

Bay leaf has catechins, eugenol, quercetin, and caffeic acid. These nutrients have chemo-protective ability to fight various cancers. They also feature a phytonutrient known parthenolide that restrains the proliferation of cervical cancer cells.

Treatment of Menstrual Problems

Indian bay leaves are taken through the mouth to induce regular menstruation. They treat vaginal discharge as well.

Clean Teeth

Powdered bay leaves are used to brush the teeth to give sparkling white teeth results. They act as herbal toothpaste with no side effects.

Lactation

Indian leaves contain a galactagogue action that increases the supply of breast milk. Therefore, it is useful in lactation and safe for both the child and the mother.

Side Effects

The most obvious side effect of Indian bay leaves is perspiration that is, sweating excessively. This phenomenon happens with higher dosage. In some people who are having problems with their gastric glands, this supplement can make the following conditions worse:
  • Sour belching.
  • Abdomen burning sensation.
  • After defecation burning sensation.