Formal Name: Laurus nobilis
Supplement Forms: Leaves, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


The bay leaf is fragrant herb native to Asia Minor. Today, it is typically grown only in warm climates, particularly Turkey. The bay leaf grows on the laurel tree, an important part of Greek and Roman culture as a symbol of honor and glory. Bay leaves have been used as a culinary ingredient since the beginning of history.

Bodily Functions Bay Assists

The bay leaf is used as a food flavoring, and is known to balance blood sugar, treat bacterial infections, alleviate headaches, and treat gastric ulcers. In addition, bay leaves have fungicidal properties.

Foods High in Bay

Bay leaves are not typically consumed, due to their bitter flavor and distasteful texture. Instead they are often used to flavor soups, stews, and roasted meats, and removed before serving. Crushed bay leaves will offer a greater level of flavor and aroma, and will typically be placed in a porous bag during cooking.

Ailment That Bay Eliminates:
  • Alleviates migraine headaches
  • Fights infection
  • Treats high blood sugar
  • Fights ulcers
  • Reduces bruising and sprains when used externally
  • Treats rheumatism
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • May cause choking or intestinal abrasion if swallowed

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