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Bay leaf

Also Known As : Tej Patta
Technical Name : Laurus nobilis


Taste Profile

It is slightly bitter and strongly aromatic. 

Usage Tips

  1. Bay leaf should be removed from the dish before consumption as they taste bitter.

Common names and forms

  1. Bay
  2. Bay Leaves
  3. Bay Leaves powder
  4. Ground Bay Leaves
  5. Tamal Patra (Bay Leaves)
  6. Tejpan
  7. Tejpatta


Bay leaf is used for flavouring dishes. Fresh Bay leaves will provide more flavour than the dried varieties. They are used in cooking and are also used for pickling. They are available in powdered form as well.

Health benefits

  • It helps in decreasing the toxicity of body and helps in improving digestion.(1)
  • It has natural antibacterial properties which helps in curing respiratory conditions.(1)
  • It helps improving hair health as it contains a chemical which helps in eliminating dry skin and dandruff.(1)
  • It helps in reducing inflammation in body, parthenolide a phytonutrient helps in relieving sore joints or area affected by arthritis.(1)
  • It contains caffeic acid and rutin which helps in eliminating LDL and protects heart health.(1)
  • Antioxidants and organic compounds help to protect against free radicals effects on body, mutate cancer cells.(1)
  • It contains linalool which helps in lowering the level of stress hormones in body, thus reducing anxiety and stress.(1)

Selection Guide

Choose fresh bay leaves which are glossy and green in colour. In case of dried bay leaves, select greyish brown leaves which emit a sweet fragrance. Check properly for insect infestation.


Bay leaf, if swallowed whole can get stuck in the throat or pierce the lining of the intestines.(2)

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