Making regular bay leaf tea is a great option to get all the benefits and nutritional value from the leaves. They are rich in antioxidants which help the body be protected from harmful free radicals that end up causing inflammation and pain.
Bay leaves also contain certain acids that help maintain a healthy level of blood sugar in the body. The rest or surplus of sugars are instead turned into energy. This means that people who are diabtetic might find great use in drinking bay leaves quite regularly.
What Is Bay Leaf And Cinnamon
Bay leaf is a very old plant or tree that is native to a lot of different regions around the world. The varieties growing there are all slightly different and have differences in tastes too. The one from California seems to be more aromatic while the ones from the Mediterranean is more sweeter.
Bay leaves have mostly been used for cooking and adding aromatic complexity to a dish. It’s often then added in a dried state as that’s the best way to preserve the leaves.
Cinnamon however is a very popular spice, often used in Mediterranean cuisine or African. It adds a very aromatic and warm spiciness to the food, while also providing sweetness. In combination with bay leaf it makes for a very nice and tasty tea that is also filled with a lot of nutrients.
The Benefits To Drinking It
Drinking bay leaf tea on its own is great for a number of reasons. If you consume it about 3 – 4 times each week it will provide you with all the health benefits. It seems like sleep will be easier and your stomach will also thank you. It helps the digestive system avoid harmful toxicity, meaning you have less risk of acid reflux and general pain.
The antioxidants present in the bay leaves are also of great benefit to the brain. It promotes brain activity as there is an acid in the antioxidants that removes and counteracts free radicals in the brain. Those free radicals are often what causes inflammation, meaning headaches or fever.
Lets list of a few other benefits that you will experience with bay leaf and cinnamon tea:
- Controls blood sugar levels
- Helps with weight loss
- Boosts the immune system
- Improves hair quality and growth
- Can help with cancer treatment
- Can reduce muscle tension
- Helps with menstrual pain
As you can see there are a number of different things that drinking bay leaf and cinnamon tea can help with. Note however that there is still research left to be published around this topic. So the benefits we are publishing are coming from what people themselves are saying and reporting.
Side Effects Of Bay Leaf Tea
Now there are of course some negatives around drinking bay leaf tea too. Now there are far less than there are positives thankfully. Below are some of the most serious issues that could occur, but this all differs from person to person.
Heightens Blood Sugar Levels
We mentioned that drinking bay leaf tea can sometimes help with keeping a lower blood sugar level in the body. This is true for most people, but for some it can have the opposite effect. It makes it harder for the body to use up the sugar. This leaves you with a high level of sugar in the blood, which can have very serious long term effects.
Avoid When Pregnant
As we mentioned there is not a whole lot of research yet on this topic. This means you should probably avoid drinking bay leaf tea if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You never know if it might in fact have a negative effect on the body. This could cause irreversible damage that we really don’t want.
Bay Leaf Tea Can Help With A Lot
Like we mentioned before, bay leaf and cinnamon tea will help promote a healthier body. Below are some topics that we want to highlight.
Drinking bay leaf tea about every 3 – 4 a week will help ensure you get the benefits of it. One of these is better sleep. Drinking it before going to bed will help you fall asleep faster if that is something you have had issues with before. Your sleep during the night will be deeper and you will feel more well rested too
Not only does bay leaf tea help with maintaining a good blood sugar level in the body. It also relaxes and makes for better blood pressure in the body. A lower blood pressure reduces the risk for long term health issues like strokes or heart attacks.
Drinking bay leaf tea about 3 – 4 times each week will help lower your cholesterol levels in the body. This makes it easier to keep a healthier balance, where sickness and disease are less likely. But your heart will also be in a better state.
Preparing Cinnamon And Bay Leaf Tea
Let’s talk a little bit about how you should be preparing this cinnamon and bay leaf tea then. We have already mentioned all the great benefits that come along and how often you should be drinking it too.
- Crush 1 fourth of a cinnamon stick and 4 bay leaves
- Boil 2 cups of water
- Pour the water of the spices and let steep for about 3 – 4 minutes
- Strain and enjoy while it’s still warm
Letting the tea cool down too much or sit for too long will make some of the nutrients disappear. To get all the health benefits we should drink it while it’s still fresh and lively.
Summary And Conclusion
There are a number of different health benefits that come from drinking bay leaf and cinnamon tea. It will provide you with a calming and relaxed feeling on top of giving your body some very needed nutrients.
You can expect less headaches and fevers when drinking bay leaf tea. Depending on the flavor that you want from your tea, you can either increase or decrease the amount of cinnamon in there. It’s a great companion flavor to bay leaves. But depending on your palate you might want to adjust our recipe.
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