Bay leaf or Tejpatta
Bay leaf is known as Tejpatta in Hindi. Bay leaves or Tejatta are used for flavoring many dishes like soups, stews, meat, fish, sauces, and in confectioneries. leaves possess aromatic, stimulant, and narcotic properties. The essential oil from the leaves is also used as a spice and food flavoring agent and has wider application in traditional medicines of different countries. The major functional properties are anti-microbial, anti-fungal, hypoglycaemic, anti-ulcerogenic, etc.
ORIGIN AND DISTRIBUTION
It is a native of the Mediterranean and grows widely in scrubland woods in Europe and California. It is widely cultivated in Europe, America, and Arabian countries. It is not cultivated as a commercial crop in India.
The most impressive health benefits of bay leaves include their ability to detoxify the body and protect it from bacterial infections, slow the aging process, speed wound healing, manage diabetes, improve heart health, reduce inflammation, alleviate respiratory issues, optimize digestion,