2. Medicinal Uses of Bay Leaves in History

People historically either ate or infused bay leaves in hot water and drank the tea. The bay leaf was used as a diuretic and also to induce vomiting. Tea from bay leaves was often used for stomach ailments as well. Bay leaves were used in poultices or as a wash to help heal wounds and infections. Bay leaf washes were also used as an astringent to clean wounds and to prevent them from getting infected.

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