Bay leaves, Laurus nobilis, are known for their potential ability to protect the body against oxidative stress and aid in the management of diabetes. They may also help in improving heart health, reducing inflammation, alleviating respiratory issues, and optimizing digestion.
The uses of bay leaves include grinding the leaves into a spice to flavor soups and stews, but they are most commonly added in their whole form as a flavoring. They are removed from the dish prior to consumption or used as a garnish. Whole leaves are not commonly consumed. Bay leaves can also be used to make tea.