Bay leaves are the green and shiny leaves of the bay tree (Laurus nobilis). The laurel tree is a plant species belonging to the laurel family (Lauraceae) and grows in many different regions, especially the Mediterranean region.
Bay leaves have an elongated oval shape and can be about 5-10 cm long. The leaves can be leathery, shiny and fragrant. Usually the edges are straight or slightly curved.
Bay leaves are an ingredient used as a spice in the kitchen and add flavor to various dishes. Bay leaves can also be consumed in dried form as tea. Bay leaves are also used in making aromatherapy and natural remedies.
Bay leaves have some health benefits. Thanks to the essential oils, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds they contain, they can support digestion, reduce stress, strengthen the immune system and be good for respiratory problems. However, it is important to consult a specialist before using it for the treatment of any health condition.
To summarize, bay leaf is the leaves of the bay tree and is used as a culinary spice, can be consumed as a tea, and may have some health benefits.