Laurel Remedies to Improve your Respiratory Health

03 February, 2020
These remedies are very easy to make, and they have lots of benefits. If you want to give your body natural medicines, laurel will be your best ally to treat respiratory conditions.

Laurel, also called bay, is a plant that belongs to the lauraceae family. It’s made of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It also contains vitamin C and minerals (calcium, iron, phosphorus, and potassium, among others).

Its properties make it very useful. Although it’s most commonly used in the kitchen, you can also use laurel for home remedies.

The medicinal properties of laurel help prevent and alleviate certain conditions.One of its benefits is that it helps with digestion and prevents acidity. Its components, like cineol and eugenol, reduce gases in the digestive tract.

Laurel leaves also helps improve and stimulate your appetite. Therefore, bay leaf teas are great before meals for people that need to gain weight. This is used in certain phytotherapy treatments.

There are many benefits of laurel, but we’ll focus on their medicinal benefits for respiratory problems. Laurel has bacterial, antiseptic, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory effects. It’s recommended for respiratory conditions such as influenza, sore throat or bronchitis.

If you suffer from respiratory problems, we’ll start by telling you how to make laurel remedies. You will notice that your symptoms will improve significantly.

Inhale Laurel Vapor to Relieve Flu, Congestion, and Mucous

Laurel remedies

Laurel vapor helps open your airways, letting air into your lungs more easily. Therefore, the smell of bay leaves is refreshing and relieves your nostrils.


  • 2 cups of water (500 ml)
  • 6 bay leaves or 5 drops of laurel oil


  • Boil the 2 glasses of water.
  • When it reaches its boiling point, remove it from heat. Add the 6 bay leaves or 5 drops of laurel essential oil.
  • Pour the hot water into a bowl.
  • Cover your head with a towel and place your face near the bowl. Inhale the laurel vapor.

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Homemade Laurel Cough Syrup

Cough syrup

Another effective laurel remedy is syrup to treat a dry cough. The best thing is, you can do it yourself and it’s very easy to make.


  • 2 cup of water (250 ml)
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 6 tablespoons of brown sugar (90 g)
  • The juice of 1 organic lemon


  • First, take a pot and add the 2 cups of water and the bay leaves. Let it boil for 15 minutes.
  • Once the leaves are cooked, strain the water and let it cool.
  • Pour the liquid into a bowl and add 6 tablespoons of brown sugar and the lemon juice.
  • Finally, after mixing everything, the homemade syrup will be ready.
  • Keep it in an air-tight container and store it in the fridge for 7 days. Take if when you feel a cough or flu discomfort.

Bay Leaf Compresses

Bay leaf

Bay leaves are one of the best parts of the plant to make simple herbal remedies for bronchitis. Make a bay leaf tea to make compresses.


  • 2 cups of water (500 ml)
  • 3 fresh bay leaves


  • First, in a pot, heat 2 cups of water until it starts to boil.
  • Next, add the fresh bay leaves to the boiling water and let them steep for a few minutes.
  • Then, soak a cloth with the tea and place it as a compress on your chest.
  • Another option is to soak the bay leaves in hot water and place them directly on your chest.
  • Finally, cover your chest with the towel and heat the leaves again every time they cool.

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Laurel Oil

Laurel oil in a jar.

Laurel oil is useful to open your airways. Its pungent smell will help you breathe better. To store the bay oil, clean out a glass jar well.


  • 4 or 5 bay leaves
  • 2 cups of sweet almond oil (500 ml)


  • First, put the bay leaves in the bowl and add the sweet almond oil. It’s important to be sure the leaves are clean.
  • Seal it tightly. Then, let the oil soak for 40 days.
  • Finally, once you have the bay oil, you can use it when you feel sinus pressure or want to improve your breathing. This remedy is simple and effective.

These remedies are very easy to make, and they have lots of benefits. If you want to give your body natural medicines, laurel will be your best ally to treat respiratory conditions.

This plant’s medicinal properties makes it useful for many different ailments. Discover its benefits and try them out at home to improve your respiratory health!

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