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Bay Leaves

(Laurus nobilis)

One of the most popular use of bay leaf  is in a "bouquet garni". A bouquet garni is a bunch of herbs that is tied together with string and placed into a stock, sauce or stew whilst cooking. It is used to add flavour to the dish and the bundle is removed before serving and discarded.

Bay leaves can help reduce the formation of gas and bloating after a heavy meal. It is suggested that a cup of bay leaf tea may be helpful for people with poor digestion.

To prepare bay leaf tea, add the bay leaves and water to a pot, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Let boil for 3 minutes then remove the pot from the heat and let the tea steep for 4 minutes. Drink the tea before it gets cold. Use 1 medium bay leaf per cup of water.