Bay leaf is an herb that is commonly used in cooking. The leaves and oil are also used to make medicine.People use bay leaf for diabetes, cancer, stomach problems, pain, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Bay leaf can also be unsafe if the entire leaf is taken by mouth.
Uses & Effectiveness
Diabetes. Early research shows that taking ground bay leaf twice daily along with medicine for diabetes can lower pre-meal blood sugar levels. It also seems to improve cholesterol levels. But higher quality research is needed to confirm these results.
Stimulating bile flow.
Dandruff, when applied to the skin.
Joint and muscle pain (rheumatism), when applied to the skin.
Boils, when applied to the skin.