So I was going through Twitter and I came across a post of someone who put a bay leaf in their ginger lemon tea. It caught me off guard; I usually put bay leafs in soup, never thought of brewing in tea. I knew I had to try it right away, and I have to say, I’m glad I did!
I added a single bay leaf to my first cup of cherry herbal tea, slowly pouring hot water over the strainer, then letting the tea brew for some time. I took the first sip, and it was savory sweet, earthy and delicious. The cherry herbal tea by itself is very sweet and tasty. On my sweetness scale the blend is at the top (number 5). The bay leaf added a wonderful earthiness to the tea. Take a whiff of a bay leaf and imagine that flavor enhanced into the tea, without overpowering or taking away from the herbal flavors in the blend.
Later in the evening, I mixed some Teavana jade citrus mint green tea (savory green tea complemented with a tongue tingling mint, and mellow citrus flavor) with Jasmine tea and a bay leaf. I think this is one of my favorite green blends I’ve made. The earthy tones of the green tea and bay leaf and light sweetness of the jasmine and citrus make a rejuvenating and relaxing tea perfect for the evening to wind down and feel amazing. The bay leaf adds such a unique flavor to the tea, as if you can imagine yourself drinking some of earth in each sip.
Not only does the bay leaf enhance the flavor of your tea, it also has some pretty great health benefits. To start, bay leaves are nutrient packed with Vitamins A and C, magnesium, calcium, manganese, potassium, and iron. They aid in digestion and congestion, while supporting the immune system due to their antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. This makes bay leaves great to have when you’re sick, or having digestion issues. Additionally, you can soothe body aches, and relieve your joints – great if you have arthritis. Lastly, they’ll help regulate your blood sugar levels, making it a great herb to keep your blood sugar under control.